SANDY SPRING – In a battle of unbeatens, the Sherwood varsity girls soccer team came back in overtime to beat Magruder, 3-2, Tuesday night, snapping the Colonels’ perfect record and keeping the Warriors undefeated at 8-0.
Both teams seemed evenly matched, and the tempo switched after halftime.
For the first half, Magruder kept control of the game as Sherwood’s offense struggled to keep possession of the ball and could not break through the Colonels’ defense.
In the 15th minute, Magruder junior forward Kenz Baryoun took her time as she placed her shot and chipped it over the Sherwood goal keeper, giving the visiting team a 1-0 lead.
Nine minutes later, Magruder senior midfielder Shelby Trout assisted forward Dani Fuentes as the sophomore curved the ball into the net when the Sherwood defense opened up, ticking the score up to 2-0.
Sherwood senior forward Ashley Webb was the target of most of the Warriors’ volleys moving up, but few led her past the Magruder defense.
The second half brought Sherwood back with a resurgent offense.
“We took over the game,” said Webb. “Even though we were down two goals, we played our best.”
Sherwood senior defender Delaney McMenamin assisted senior forward Danielle Rohrman when she shot the ball from center through the Magruder defense, cutting the margin in half at 2-1.
Sherwood showed an at-times surgical accuracy in passing during the second half, contrasting with missed opportunities and passes in the first half.
Webb fell down in a collision with the Magruder goalie in the penalty box, and the referee awarded Sherwood a penalty.
McMenamin sank the one-on-one shot to tie the game at 2-2, landing the ball in the lower left corner of the net.
Three minutes into overtime, Webb assisted senior forward Chantel Simoes for the game-winning goal.
“To dig in deep, play with some grit, get that third goal in overtime, it’s just sweet,” said Sherwood head coach Danielle Rosanova.
The loss was bitter for Magruder, but the team accepted it as a bump in the road.
“We’re frustrated. We felt like we played better than them in the first half. They changed up their alignment in the second half, and we struggled to adjust,” said Magruder head coach Scott Hughes.