Kenwood girls soccer coach Derek Woodward said he was apprehensive about using a freshman goalkeeper entering the Bluebirds' season opener against top-ranked John Carroll.
Brittany Kobal had never made a save in her high school career, but she was going to get that chance whether she was ready or not. Turns out, she was ready.
The No. 7 Bluebirds upended the visiting Patriots (1-1), 1-0, behind a stellar performance from Kobal, who made 11 saves in her debut last night.
"I was nervous going in," Woodward said about Kobal's first start. "It's almost like she grew in the game. I haven't heard a word out of her in scrimmages, but in the second half she really directed the defense. She came through."
After senior Christine Sadowski scored to give the Bluebirds the lead with 16:58 to play, Kobal and the Kenwood defense thwarted a late John Carroll rally to preserve the upset.
"There's no bigger way to start the season," Woodward said. "We don't get to play the No. 1 team day in and day out. This is a milestone for us."
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No. 5 Bryn Mawr 4, No. 14 Roland Park 0 -- Abby Bisbee made four saves in the shutout and Paige Hanson had a goal and two assists for the visiting Mawrtians (1-0).
No. 9 C. Milton Wright 3, Hereford 3 -- Sara Naguib scored the tying goal a minute into the second half as the visiting Bulls played the Mustangs (1-0-1) to a tie. The Mustangs' Erin Lolley and the Bulls' Brittany Martin each had two assists.
No. 15 Dulaney 3, North Harford 2 -- Tara Williams' goal with four minutes left broke a 2-2 tie and lifted the visiting Lions (1-0) past the Hawks (0-1). Katie Horsman scored two goals for Dulaney.
Glenelg 2, South Carroll 1 -- The host Gladiators scored two goals in the final 15 minutes to top the Cavaliers (0-1). Senior forward Allison Novak scored the game-winner with four minutes remaining. Junior midfielder Ann Hibbert also scored for Glenelg (1-0).
No. 11 Arundel 6, Patapsco 0 -- Jason McCarron and George Tailey had two goals each to power the Wildcats (1-0) past the Patriots (0-1) in the opening round of the Wildcats Tournament. Arundel faces Mount Hebron, a 5-0 winner over South River, in today's game.