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Girls Soccer holds off Goretti to advance to county finals

Posted September 2, 2017

Kelly Bedard (7) makes a pass during Saturday’s season opening county tournament game against Saint Maria Goretti. Bedard scored the first goal of the game as the Rebels held off the Gaels to advance to the county finals.

By Brayden Leather

Your mother probably told you not to play in the rain when you were young because you could end up sick. South Hagerstown’s fall sports teams ignored that advice and played anyhow. At the end of the day, they came out with big wins to begin the season.

Less than 24 hours after the varsity football team beat Hedgesville in their rainy season opener, the varsity girls soccer team took to the wet and soggy School Stadium playing surface to face Saint Maria Goretti in the annual county tournament.

Sophomore captain and midfielder Kelly Bedard put the Rebels on the board first sneaking one into the goal 13 minutes into the game. After that, it was all defense for the remaining 27 minutes of the first half.

Senior goalkeeper Tyra Martina, playing in her first regular season game since suffering a season ending injury about halfway through last season, played as if she had not missed any time at all. Most of the attempts the Gaels made were on the mark but Martina made save after save denying Goretti for the entire first half.

The Rebels added to their lead early in the second when freshman Jenna Phillips made a counter attack shot to put South Hagerstown up 2-0 with 26 minutes left to play. Less than two minutes later, the Gaels finally cracked the Rebels defense when Isabella Longo put a long shot past Martina in the goal to trim the lead to one.

With 17:42 left to play, the wet playing surface began to take its toll favor when freshman Diana James took advantage of a defensive miscue by Goretti in front of the goal to put the Rebels up 3-1, the score they would go on to win by.

The Rebels will face Clear Spring in the tourney final on September 16th at School Stadium. The Gaels will face St. James in the consolation game. The Rebels are back in action on Tuesday night against Boonsboro. JV will play at 5:15pm, varsity to follow.