On Monday, the Lady Jags knew that they’d have to be ready for a tough match against bitter rival Quince Orchard. Jags and the Cougars just don’t get along. The Lady Jags entered Monday’s game at Northwest 3-0-1, with victories over Sherwood (4-0) and B-CC (2-1), as well as a draw against Howard County’s Marriotts Ridge and a win over Hereford in the Linganore Tournament.
This was QO. This was the first conference game. This was a rivalry game.
The Lady Cougars came out attacking the ball. The QO players did not allow Northwest to have any time or space on the ball. Every possession was challenged. In the first half, the Lady Cougars looked quicker and more determined than the Jags.
The Lady Jags were pressured and harassed in the mid-field by QO’s Beth Ellinport, Brittney Mills, and Mari Wari time and time again. That pressure paid off for the Cougars when junior Mallory Rosenfeld found QO’s senior captain Jamie Fink who was able to get a shot past Northwest keeper Kaitlyn Dold with 32:29 remaining in the first half.
Northwest threatened with 22:00 left in the half. A Northwest corner kick was on a trajectory to bend into the dangerous area in front of the goal, where a number of Jags were waiting to knock it home, but QO’s senior keeper Katie Ericson was able to get a hand up and punch it out of the box, where it be cleared.
“You have to give credit to QO,” said Northwest Head Coach Josh Kinnetz. “They came out and effectively pressed us and took us out of our rhythm a little bit. Going into the second half what I told my girls is what makes us a good soccer team is our technical ability and our ability to play as a team.”
The Lady Jags came back in the second half on two goals from twin sisters Jordan and Heather Markiewicz.
The Lady Jags would get the equalizer early in the second half. Northwest’s Sydney Glad would be fouled in the center of the field in the first minute of play. Northwest junior Jordan Markiewicz stepped to the ball for the free kick, which sat in a dangerous position about 25-yards from the QO goal mouth. The junior bombed the shot off the bottom of the crossbar, and the ball rebounded straight down and into the goal mouth as a QO’s goalie dove to stop it.
The free kick tied the game at 1-1 and the Lady Jags were on the way to a comeback victory over a conference rival.
Northwest would take the lead thanks to another Markiewicz goal — this one from junior Heather Markiewicz. She would take a pass from senior midfielder Samantha Sekscienski in the middle third of the field and drive to the goal and put a shot into the left side of the goal past the diving outstretched arm of Ericson to for a 2-1 lead. The goal was Heather Markiewicz’s third of the young season, while Seksciencski got her second assist of the year for the Lady Jags.
“In the second half we didn’t just play direct,” said Kinnetz. “I think we became more balanced in the second half. It was all about finding each other with the ball and find each other’s confidence.”
However, the Lady Cougars did not go quietly. QO kept the pressure on Northwest, and it was a huge set of stops by the Jags junior goalie Kaitlyn Dold that held the lead. QO’s junior Beth Ellinport worked her way into the box and danced with the ball at her feet in front of the goal in an attempt to get a shot. Ellinport found an open look at goal but the ball struck the crossbar, and a diving Dold managed to keep it out of the goal.
The Lady Jags to the insurance goal with 5:44 remaining as Sydney Glad let loose a shot on goal that was stopped but not controlled by the QO goalie. Northwest junior Leanna Choo cleaned up the rebound and put the ball in the back of the net for her third goal of the season. It was Glad’s second helper of the year.
“We needed tonight,” said Kinnetz, referring to the pressure QO put on the Jags in the first half. “We needed to feel what it felt like to be down, and to be able to respond. And they did. This was a good test. Anytime you can beat your conference rival it is a good think. We are looking to forward and take little progression steps forward.”
The Lady Jags next game is Wednesday with they will travel to 2-0 Poolesville, who have scored three goals in each of their two games without giving up a single tally.
In other Northwest soccer news, the boys extended their record to 2-1 with a hard-fought physical 3-2 overtime victory at Quince Orchard on Monday, thanks to a hat trick from by senior captain Santiago Alzate.
After going down 1-0 on a goal from Quince Orchard’s Eli Holmstead, Jags sophomore Joshua Kalubyaka was fouled in the box and earned a penalty kick which was the first of Alzate’s three goals. The goal evened the score at 1-1.
Northwest would take the lead on after senior Francisco Vierira was fouled making a run at goal. Once again Alzate was up to the challenge and knocked home the penalty kick to put the Jags up 2-1.
The Cougars would tie the game on a free kick from 40-yards out and force overtime. Both teams would be down a man due to red cards by the end of regulation and would each play with just 10 men on the field.
In overtime, Alzate boomed a 25-yard free kick into the back of the net to end the game.
“These guys have a lot of character,” said Northwest Boys Head Coach Kert Mease. “It is early in the season, but they have shown great improvement already. In our first game, we were a mess defensively, and we still have a lot to things that we need to clean up, but starting to show their character and their mettle. Tonight we went down 1-0, but they stepped up. It is really the next-man-up mentality. Quince Orchard is a very good team. Hopefully, this victory will help take us to the next level.”
Note: Mark Poetker contributed to this report.
An earlier version of this article misidentified the Northwest goalkeeper as senior Morgan O'Brien, when in fact, junior Kaitlyn Dold was the Jags goalie. The mistake has been corrected.
Top: The Lady Jags celebrate junior Jordan Markiewicz’s goal off a free kick to tie the game at 1-1 early in the second half.
Next: Northwest’s senior forward Daniela Galvez (4) calls for the ball while being defended by Quince Orchard’s Mallory Rosenfeld (15).
Next: Northwest’s Heather Markiewicz (10) with the ball at her feet. She would score the game winning goal.
Next: The Jags, Heather Markiewicz (10), Sydney Glad (19) and Leanna Choo (3), celebrate Choo’s thrid goal of the season late in Monday’s game versus Quince Orchard.
Next: Quince Orchard’s Beth Ellinport (2) and the Jags’ Heather Markiewicz (10) fight for the ball.
Next: Northwest senior Santiago Alzate (5) is congratuated by teammates after scoring one of his three goals in the overtime victory over Quince Orchard. Photo by Mark Poetker.
Next: Northwest junior Gavin Shirley (11) defends Quince Orchard’s Ryan Kirk (18). Photo by Mark Poetker.
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