In a girls soccer game dominated by tight marking, a couple of fine saves and some shots that missed either high or wide, Loch Raven's overtime goal against visiting Catonsville yesterday was a textbook piece of offense.
Senior striker Samantha Hannibal sent a cross to the far post that was won by freshman Christie Moyer, who placed it in the middle for senior Sa'Sha Kershaw to tap. Kershaw's sixth goal of the season came two minutes into the first overtime and gave the No. 15 Raiders a 2-1 win over the Comets in Baltimore County play.
Loch Raven improved to 6-2-2, while Catonsville fell to 6-4. The Comets were without standout center midfielder Payton Johnson, who sprained her ankle playing club ball over the weekend.
Kershaw, who assisted on the game-tying goal by Emma Davis with less than five minutes to play in regulation, was quick to credit the heads-up play from Moyer.
"Christie did a really great job. I told her right before the play to make sure she had back post. She had it and all I had to do was touch it in," Kershaw said. "The Catonsville defense played really well. We had to step up in the end, which can be kind of hard, but we pulled it out. We never give up, we keep fighting to the end and we have some strong seniors that keep pushing everybody."
Defense and a big first-half save from Loch Raven goalie Danielle DeLisle on a penalty kick kept the game scoreless until the Comets broke through on a corner kick with 14 minutes left in the second half. Becky Greene sent a cross to the far post, where Abby Wilson headed it in front for Emily Boller, who buried a shot right in front.
Pressing for the equalizer, the Raiders were able to break through when Davis found the ball in a crowd to put Kershaw's corner kick home.
NO. 5 ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 2, NO. 7 SOUTH RIVER 0: : Courtney Hoyes and Maggie Morrison each scored a second-half goal to power the visiting Cavaliers (12-1-3) past the Seahawks (8-1-1). Hoyes opened the scoring at the 45th minute, and Morrison added an insurance goal eight minutes later. Erica Page assisted on both goals.
NO. 11 NORTH CARROLL 4, LINGANORE 1: : Ashlea Carl had a hat trick to lift the visiting Panthers (9-2) past the Lancers. North Carroll led 3-0 before Linganore responded. Caitlin Bach made three saves for North Carroll, one fewer than Linganore's Laken Ensor.
NO. 14 TOWSON 2, ST. PAUL'S 1: : Caitlin Powers scored twice in the first half to lead the host Generals (9-3) past the Gators. Powers scored at the 17:47 (on a corner) and 7:41 marks of the first half. St. Paul's took a 1-0 lead 1:30 into the game before Powers answered with two goals. Towson outshot St. Paul's 9-6.