Edgewood ends skid with playoff win


It may well have marked the beginning of a new era in girls soccer at Edgewood High School.

The Rams went into yesterday's Class 1A-2A East regional playoff game against visiting Cambridge-South Dorchester with a 10-game losing streak, having been outscored by an average of better than 8-1 in seven Harford County League games.

So Edgewood (2-10), down 3-1 at halftime, rallied for three straight second-half goals and a 4-3 victory. Amy Higgins got the winner with four minutes left.

The visitors had compiled a 6-4-1 record during a season when girls soccer was in its first year of operation among Eastern Shore schools.

Kristen Moretti scored Edgewood's first goal, and added another in the second half, along with Ronilyn Kirby. Nicole Miller complemented them with two assists.

The Rams might have had an easier time but for the work of Cambridge's Jenny Bishop, who split time between the front and back lines. A solid player with exceptional speed, she had a goal and an assist while playing up, then time and again disrupted Edgewood's offense, thwarting potential scoring thrusts from her sweeper spot.

The new era of Edgewood girls soccer may last no longer than tomorrow's second-round game at Havre de Grace (they split two games during the regular season), but the potential is there for this young team.

The players survived an early-season coaching change and have responded to co-coaches Kristian Jones and Matt Rankin.

"They have been improving, but I never saw them hustle and pull together the way they did this time," Rankin said. "We had some great efforts from the starters, and wing Jessica Palazzi came off the bench to play her best game of the season."

One of the starters who came through under pressure was senior goalkeeper Jen Collins. She had missed most of the season after contracting mononucleosis before school started.

Last year, she had played some keeper and some field. She came back recently, splitting time between the two.

She provided some excitement by ranging far from the goal to corral loose balls and she ended with six saves.

Jenn Robbins helped keep Cambridge in the game with 17 saves.

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