The Lady Jags advanced have advanced in the regional playoffs after defeating Quince Orchard 2-1 in the Jags’ first game of the 2015 playoffs on Tuesday night at Northwest.
The victory propels the 9-4-1 Jaguars to a Friday night matchup against 8-4 Wootton, which will take place at Gaithersburg High School. Wootton defeated Clarksburg 4-2 last night to earn their birth to the regional semi-finals.
Northwest played a very controlled game on Tuesday night to earn the win. The Lady Jags controlled possession for most of the game allowing few scoring opportunities for QO’s fleet-footed sophomore Beth Ellinport, who was a danger to score almost every time she touched the ball. However, Northwest defenders Brooke Wallmark, Cailynn Adelman, and Emmy Abdullah, kept Ellinport from getting more than a handful of good looks at the goal.
The Jags got on the board about midway through the first half as junior forward Hannah Godsey was able to convert a ball in from senior midfielder Hannah Crook, and while being stalked by a three Cougars, was able to put the ball past the Quince Orchard goalkeeper.
Northwest would get another flurry of activity in front of the QO net as a corner kick from Crook would glance off a QO player to the feet of Wallmark, who would pound it toward the goal, but the shot would bounce off the crossbar and back into a collection of white-shirted Northwest players. Junior midfielder Samatha Sekscienski attempted to trap and shoot, but the ball bounced past and was quickly cleared by a Cougar defender ending the scoring threat.
For the rest of the half, Northwest would keep the offensive pressure on the Cougars and allow few good scoring opportunities for the Cougars, who came into the game with a 4-10, but riding a first round 2-1 playoff victory over Gaithersburg.
The lack of scoring opportunities could be attributed to the play of junior forward Sidney Glad who was able to win many 50-50 balls in midfield help the Jags maintain possession. “Sidney was huge for us up top tonight,” said Head Coach Josh Kinnetz. “She is such competitor up top. She has such a presence and fierceness that it lifts our entire team. She played very well for us tonight.”
Despite Northwest spending much of the early going in the second half the QO third of the field, Quince Orchard would get the equalizer seven minutes into the second half to make the score 1-1.
However, the Lady Jags were not finished scoring, senior midfielder Andrea Rodriguez would take a pass just outside the penalty box, near the half-circle and rip and soaring shot that would fly just over the outstretched fingertips of the QO goaltender and into the back of the net to seal the victory.
“This was what I expected from this team tonight,” said Kinnetz. “They stepped up and played well to earn this victory. We will have a light training day tomorrow and prepare for our next playoff game.” The Lady Jags will play Wootton. The two teams last played on Oct. 6 and the Jags came away with 2-1 victory in that game off of goals from Mirielle Gerdes and Sam Sekscienski.
While she didn't have much work, Northwest's junior goalkeeper Moran O'Brien did have to make three big saves to secure the victory for the Lady Jags.
The regional semi-final game will be played Friday at 7:15 pm at Gaithersburg. The winner of that game will face either Walter Johnson or Churchill, who will play at 5:15 at Gaithersburg on Friday. Walter Johnson defeated Whitman 4-3, and Churchill defeated Bethesda-Chevy Chase 1-0 in overtime last night.
In other Northwest soccer news, the boys’ season ended last night as a result of a 2-1 road loss to Wootton. Last Thursday, the Jags came back from a one-goal deficit to win their first round playoff game against Clarksburg to advance to last night’s second round game against Wootton.
After a scoreless first half, both teams scored early in the second half. The Jags’ Nana Kumi would score Northwest’s goal. However, the Patriots would put the game winner into the net with a little over 15 minutes remaining in the game.
The Jaguars finished the season at 8-6, posting the program’s the best record since 2012.
Top: After a Northwest corner kick, Brooke Wallmark (18) had a wonderful scoring opportunity, but the ball went high and bounced off the top of the goal, which resulted in frenzied few moments for the Quince Orchard defenders who were finally able to clear the ball.
Next: Northwest junior Sidney Glad (19) battles for a ball in the Quince Orchard zone during Tuesday’s 2-1 victory.
Next: Senior Hannah Godsey (14) beats a QO defender to the ball.
Next: The Lady Jags’ Hannah Crook (23) had an assist in Thursday night’s playoff match.
Next: The Northwest men’s team lost to Wootton on Thursday but got a goal from Nana Kumi (16) in the defeat. Photo by Mark Poetker.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.