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Bel Air, Harford Tech battle to 1-1 tie in girls soccer

Randy McRoberts

Bel Air and host Harford Tech battled to a 1-1 tie Monday night in an UCBAC Chesapeake Division girls soccer game in Churchville.

The Bobcats (2-1-1, 6-3-1) looked as if they were posting a win, but a late goal from the Cobras (1-0-3, 4-1-4) forced the two extra overtime periods without any further scoring.

Tech was the aggressor early on, but it was Bel Air that jumped on top with 31:25 to play in the first half.

The goal came following a goal kick from Tech. The ball was held in by the Bobcats defense and played to Autumn Dougherty along the far sideline.

Dougherty sent a pass to the feet of sophomore Emma Yakim, who stopped the ball, turned and fired a high shot into the back of the net inside the far post. “It was all about Autumn’s cross, it was perfect, absolutely beautiful,” Yakim said. “You couldn't ask for a better ball. It's easy to put it in the net when you have an assist like that.”

Dougherty nearly made it 2-0 seven minutes later, but her shot was deflected and Tech keeper Reagan Salamone made the lunging save.

Moments later the Bobcats had two shots that just misses the mark. Katie McGrain's indirect kick bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and a follow-up header by Dougherty skipped off the top of the crossbar and out of play.

Tech scoring chances were slim, but two decent chances early in the second half were thwarted by two Jill Kozak saves.

That changed with 7:41 to play.

Sophomore Anna Zurlo used her head to tie the game. The tying goal came on a corner kick, taken by Allison Storm.

Storm sent the ball out front of the goal and Zurlo headed the ball high, out of the reach of Kozak and into the goal. “I knew that with that corner, I was like, c'mon guys we need this goal and saw it right in front of me and I shot it,” Zurlo said. “It went in and actually, I told my dad I would score for him because its his birthday.”

In the first OT, Bel Air’s Dougherty fired a shot over the goal, while Tech’s Jessica Lechert saw her shot slide just high.

In there second OT, both goalies, Kozak and Salamone, made game-saving saves. Kozak finished with eight saves and Salamone had 11.

Both teams wanted a win, but both goal scorers were satisfied with the tie. “I'm very pleased, I know we’ve never won against Bel Air and especially Bel Air is my home school,” Zurlo said. "I was very pleased not to lose to them.”

Yakim said, “Feels good, feels good to not lose. At least we came out with a draw instead. Of course we all would have loved to win, this game meant a lot, but well take a draw. We fought hard, we played our best. Proud of ourselves.”

Rams beat Huskies

Edgewood (2-1-1, 5-1-1) used a second half goal to beat visiting Patterson Mill (1-2-1, 6-3-1), 1-0, in Chesapeake play.

Ryan Parncutt tallied the game’s only goal with assist from Lily Bowditch.

Patterson Mill goalie Marie Claire Cicenia had six saves and Edgewood keeper Emma Grantland made three saves.

Hawks get win

North Harford (2-5) added a non-league win Monday, beating visiting Manchester Valley, 2-1.

Marley Copes scored the first Hawks goal, assisted by Baily Lynch and Casey DiVenti scored the game-winner, assisted by Copes.

Cougars, Mustangs tie

In Chesapeake play, Fallston (1-2-1, 3-5-1) and host C, Milton Wright (1-0-3, 2-2-3) played to a 1-1 tie.

The Cougars scored off a free kick from Elyssa Emmett in the second half to tie the game. Emily Rhinehart had many key saves to keep the game close.

Other Monday scores

In Susquehanna Division play, Aberdeen (1-4, 1-6) was blanked by visiting Rising Sun (4-0, 4-1), 5-0; and Joppatowne (0-5, 1-6) was shut out at Elkton (3-3, 3-3), 9-0.

Bobcats blank Hawks

Bel Air was a winner at home Thursday, beating North Harford, 4-0, in Chesapeake play.

Autumn Dougherty, Grace Wehland, Cia Vlangas and Madison Crossley had a goal each.

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