By David Rosenberg
GAITHERSBURG — The Quince Orchard Cougars girls varsity soccer team faced off against the visiting Wootton Patriots in an epic third-round playoff game in which the Cougars were triumphant, defeating the Patriots 1-0.
Quince Orchard’s Kate Faraone scored the only goal in the contest late in the second half; the shot came off of a second effort on Grace Soler’s corner kick.
It was a game of field position with both teams having few opportunities to score. The first half was very even in terms of possession with great defensive play on both sides. The first corner kick and opportunity to score came in the second half by Wootton but was defended well by Quince Orchard. Zara Chavoshi of Wootton had a solid game. Chavoshi had a number of chances, but Quince Orchard’s defense was on lockdown, keeping her at bay. Lindsey Brick of Quince Orchard made many crucial defensive plays and set up possessions for the offense on free kicks.
Quince Orchard head coach Peg Keiller said she was glad the game did not go into extra time or penalty kicks. “We knew it wasn’t going be an easy one, because they really did put up a good fight and we were able to get the goal when we needed to,” Keiller said.
Quince Orchard will face the visiting Whitman Vikings in the regional championship on Nov. 6. Whitman is coming off of a two-goal win against Churchill and both teams will be ready to play in hopes of continuing their runs for the state championship.