Edgewood girls soccer makes mark with big week

When the schedule first came out for the Edgewood girls soccer team, this week, understandably, looked imposing.

First up on Monday was C. Milton Wright, the Class 3A state finalist and four-time Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference champions. Fallston, which reached the Class 2A state title game last year, was next on Wednesday.

But the once imposing week has turned into a confidence-building one.

The Rams, which won the league's lower Susquehanna division last year and have since moved up to the higher Chesapeake division, came away with a thrilling 4-3 overtime win over C. Milton Wright and then upset No. 12 Fallston, 4-0.  The two wins puts the Rams at 7-1 this season after last year's 10-6 mark. 

The goal going into this season was to stay competitive in the tougher Chesapeake division, but their 2-0 start in league play has changed that.

"We are going to be re-assessing our goals at this point and feel we have a chance to win the division. We know every game in our division is a tough one, so we're looking to maintain consistency," Edgewood coach Mike Friskey said. "To start with back-to-back wins against those perennial powers gives us a sense of confidence."

Friskey said he plans to talk to the team on Friday after a well-deserved day off on Thursday following two physical games.

The Rams' biggest strength is up front, with an offense that has scored 34 goals in eight games so far. 

Sophomore newcomer Isabella Barbieri has been the catalyst with 10 goals and four assists. She scored twice against the Mustangs on Monday -- including the overtime game-winner -- and added three goals and an assist in Wednesday's stunner against Fallston.

Megan Poniatowski (six goals, four assists), Alex Van Graafeiland (five goals, three assists) and Caitlin Rankin (three goals, five assists) also have produced consistent offense with seniors captains Ladae Boykin and Shelby Richter providing fine leadership and steady play on defense.        

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