Patterson Mill girls edge Bel Air, 2-1, in soccer

Randy McRoberts

The Patterson Mill girls soccer team pulled off a rare win Tuesday night, beating host Bel Air, 2-1, in the UCBAC Chesapeake Division opener for both teams.

Freshman Jessica Conklin and junior Taylor Shultz scored goals for the Huskies some 22 minutes apart in the second half to give the Huskies the win.

It was Conklin’s goal with 24:42 left in the second half that broke up a scoreless and fairly evenly played game.

“I was just thinking about we need the goal and we need this win and I kind of was thinking that I was going to miss it,” Conklin said. But I just went for it and I made that run.”

Conklin raced onto a loose ball behind the Bobcats defense and headed for the goal. One Bel Air defender tried to catch up, but Conklin stayed ahead and pushed a low shot inside the near post to her left.

Bel Air goalie Mackenzie Plowman made a dive right, but the ball slid by and into the goal. “I just got to beat the goalie, get it past her in the corner,” Conklin said of her thought process prior to the shot. “I wasn’t really thinking anything, I was just like, get in the goal.”

Conklin’s shot came 10 minutes after teammate Isabelle Toni, another freshman, sent a shot just wide.

Bel Air nearly answered the goal with 17:10 to play. From the Bobcats lone corner kick, the ball was headed a couple of feet over the crossbar.

The Huskies (4-1) then added their second goal, which proved to be very big, with 2:07 to play.

Shultz chipped a high shot toward the goal from left to right about 20 yards out. The shot was too high for Plowman to get a hand on and it bounced behind her and into the goal.

“Anna Salerno threw it in, it was played back to me and I just took it off the volley,” Shultz said. Shultz says she was a bit surprised that the shot got over the goalie and in the goal and said, “but it worked out.”

It was a good thing that it worked out because the Bobcats cut the lead in half, but with just :12 left to play.

Bel Air senior Autumn Dougherty unleashed a close in, hard shot that Huskies goalie MC Cicenia knocked away and off the crossbar.

Bobcats teammate Emma Yakim alertly got to the ball and pounded the rebound into the back of the net.

Both teams had few good scoring chances in the opening half. Patterson Mill’s best chance came just four minutes into the action. Off a restart, Conklin delivered a ball to the head of Evie Wysong, but her header sailed far wide.

Four minutes later, Bel Air (2-2) had its best chance. Dougherty and Yakim worked a little give-and-go with Yakim hitting the shot that slid past the far past by less than a foot.

Huskies goalie Cicenia finished with eight saves, seven in the second half. Plowman made two saves, both in the first half for the Bobcats.

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