Northwest Volleyball Continues Winning Ways
By Kevin O’Rourke
The Northwest High School volleyball team is riding a three-game win streak going into tonight’s match-up with unbeaten Damascus High School. The Jaguars are 6-1 with the team’s only loss being a tightly contested match against Gaithersburg High School on Sept.18.
Northwest traveled to Poolesville High School on Monday, Sept. 29 and came back with a 3-1 victory. Last Tuesday, the lady Jaguars were able to beat Northwood High School 3-0.
Tonight’s match at Damascus could prove a big test for the young team. Unbeaten Damascus has wins over Wheaton, Seneca Valley, Walter Johnson, Blake, and Watkins Mill. The game starts at 6:30 pm at Damascus High School.
Next Monday, Sept. 6, at 6:30 pm, the Northwest netters will host cross-town rival Seneca Valley.
The Seneca Valley volleyball has been struggling this season, with a record or 1-6. The Eagles earned their first victory on Monday, Sept. 15 with a 3-1 win over Einstein High School, have since posted losses to Poolesville 3-0, Damascus 3-0, and a close 3-2 loss Watkins Mill.
Both Germantown high school field hockey teams continue to struggle putting the ball in the goal. The Northwest Lady Jags are 2-4-1 with a bright spots being a 5-0 win at Rockville last Monday, Sept. 22, and a hard-fought 1-0 overtime loss to Clarksburg on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Northwest has losses to Paint Branch, 1-0, and Quince Orchard 5-0.
Northwest will host 1-7, Magruder tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 pm and travel to 1-7, Blake High School on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7 pm.
While the girls from Seneca Valley, 1-5, are also struggling to get wins. The Eagles also have a win over Rockville 4-1, on Sept. 17, but have come up short against Damacus on Monday, Sept. 29 by a score of 4-1, and Magruder on Sept. 22, 2-0.
Seneca Valley will travel to 5-1-1, Poolesvile tonight, and winless Watkins Mill next Wednesday, Oct. 8.
The Northwest boys soccer team 2-3-1, is riding a three game unbeaten streak which includes last week’s tie with Seneca Valley, and wins over Sherwood on Sept. 19, and its most recent overtime victory over Poolesville on Saturday, Sept. 27.
The Poolesville Falcons started the scoring just after half-time, but the Jags were able to answer with 15 minutes left in the game, on a goal by Christian Nlend off a pass from Michele Balou.
The game remained tied 1-1 at the end of regulation. With seconds remaining in the first overtime Sulaymain Jeng scored on a set piece shot lofted over the Poolesville keeper.
Northwest boys will host 5-1 Magruder High School tonight at 7:00 pm. Magruder is coming off of two straight 2-1 overtime wins against Poolesville last week, and Blake High School last weekend.
After the tough double-overtime draw with Northwest last week, the 0-4-1, Screaming Eagles of Seneca Valley had to play back-to-back games last Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, Sept. 25, Seneca Valley dropped a 2-0 game to Sherwood, in a game that was a make-up of an earlier rain out. And the next day, Seneca lost a 2-1 game to Rockville.
Tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 1, Seneca Valley will host 6-1, Einstein High School and on Monday, Oct. 6, Watkins Mill, 4-2-1, will come into The Nest at 7 pm.
On the girls side, the Northwest girls soccer team will is coming off a 2-1 loss to Poolesville, getting a goal from freshman Leanna Choo, off a pass from sophomore Sam Sekscienski. The Lady Jags who put were able to put 10 goals home against Seneca Valley were unable to get another one past the Poolesville keeper.
The Northwest girls “have been playing good soccer, but have been unlucky to come away with a result. The month of October brings a clean sheet with the start of the second half of the season, division play and the playoffs,” said head coach Josh Kinnetz on the team’s Website.
The Lady Jags will host 4-4 Magruder tonight at 5:00 pm. and travel to face 2-4, Wootton High School on Monday, Oct. 6 at 5:00 pm.
Meanwhile, the Seneca Valley girls soccer team continues to struggle suffering another loss last week. The Eagles lost 5-2 to Rockville in a home match on Friday, Sept. 27.
They will host 5-2 Einstein at 5:00 pm tonight, Oct. 1 and 3-3 Watkins Mill High School on Monday, Oct. 6.
Top: Northwest junior Kelley Saloman (4) serves during the team's game against Gaithersburg last week.
Next: Seneca Valley's junior Taylor Bailey (2) settles the ball during the team's game against Northwest last week.
Photos by Germantown Pulse