Before the game had begun, Wilde Lake's girls soccer team got the break it wanted against host Atholton.
It got the wind.
"We got what we wanted even though we lost the toss," said Wilde Lake co-coach Anita Andersch. "We were lucky to have the wind on our back in the first half, and we knew we had to score a goal or two."
The 15th-ranked Wildecats did just that yesterday, scoring two first-half goals en route to a 3-1 victory.
With the wind behind it, Wilde Lake (6-3-1 overall, 3-1-1 league) controlled most of the first half and got a fortunate break to score its first goal.
Senior fullback Laura Wolkowitz's direct kick some 43 yards away soared high into the air, bounced in front of and over Atholton goalie Julie Kapcala for a goal eight minutes into the game.
"It was pathetic," said Kapcala, who hadn't allowed a goal in eight straight games for the Raiders (6-2-2, 2-1-2). "I call it luck."
"It was a nice shot, but the wind had a lot to do with it," said Wolkowitz of her first goal of the season. "It was supposed to drop in the middle and give the others a chance to kick it in. But it's a goal and I'll take it."
Atholton's Kim Obst and Meagan Funches each had decent scoring chances later in the half, but it was Wilde Lake that scored with two minutes remaining.
Atholton's Anne Greenfield was called for tripping Amanda Berman in the box and Katie Douglas' penalty kick beat Kapcala to the left side.
The Raiders looked like a different team at the start of the second half.
"I thought we responded in the second half despite being down 2-0," said Atholton coach Warren Michael. "I thought we outplayed them."
Michael moved fullback Mandy Robins to the front at the start of the second half because senior striker Lisa Spikia injured her foot. Robins responded by scoring on a mini breakaway 10 minutes into the half off a nice assist from Caitlin Bair.
The Raiders continued to play aggressively in the half, but couldn't get the tying goal. With six minutes left, Wilde Lake freshman Leilani Ho made it 3-1.
Before the game started, co-coach Roy Andersch told his Wilde Lake team that he and his wife were starting a pledge that the team wouldn't lose anymore games. "It was refuse to lose," Berman said.
Roy Andersch asked if his players wanted to join. They enthusiastically said yes. So far, the pledge has worked.
* Fallston 2, C. Milton Wright 1: Senior Beth Blasi scored two first-half goals, and No. 1 Fallston held off homestanding and No. 2 C. Milton Wright, 2-1, in a battle of 9-0 teams.
The goals raised Blasi's season total to 14, tying her with teammate Courtney Benner, as the Cougars boosted their year's total to 60. When Erin Lesh converted a short pass from Jamie Gerhart into a goal with 18 minutes left in the game, it marked only the second goal scored against the Cougars and goalkeeper Emily Weibel this season.
The shots were about even, but more of Fallston's were on goal, as Wright senior keeper Erin Updegrove, a two-time All-Harford County selection, made 18 saves, and Weibel 13. Fallston sweeper Jenn Cook kept the opposition at bay most of the night as her strong kicks out of the defensive end helped her side
control much of the offensive play.
* Atholton 2, Howard 1: Lea Nichols had a goal and an assist as host Atholton defeated Howard.