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Northwest Girls Beat Quince Orchard to Advance in Playoffs

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.