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By Nickolai Sukharev @Nickolaiss
Unlike the boys, the Walt Whitman Vikings girls varsity soccer team fell at the last hurdle towards the MPSSAA state title, being defeated by Baltimore’s Perry Hall at Loyola University.
“After losing the first game of the season and then winning all the games after that, [it] is a testament to this team’s work ethic and what they produced this season,” said Whitman head coach Greg Herbert.
Whitman ended the regular season with a perfect 8-0 record in the 4A South division, which included Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Churchill, Einstein, Kennedy, Walter Johnson and Wheaton.
They progressed through the playoffs, defeating B-CC, Churchill, Quince Orchard, and Severna Park with four straight victories before falling in a 4-2 final encounter to Perry Hall.
Identical to the boys’ season format, the MPSSAA organized 4A schools into three of the four divisions while the 3A and 2A schools comprised the remaining group. In the postseason playoffs, the teams were divided into four regions, North, South, East and West, each consisting of two sections.
In the 4A West division, Quince Orchard topped the group with a 6-1 record over Richard Montgomery, Northwest, Wootton, Gaithersburg and Clarksburg, while Montgomery Blair topped the 4A North division with a 4-0-1 record over Sherwood, Paint Branch, Northwood and Springbrook.
In the combined 3A/2A division, Rockville topped the group with a 5-1 record over Damascus, Poolesville, Magruder, Seneca Valley, Blake and Watkins Mill.
2018 Coaches’ Top 17 best players in the County:
- Jane Olcott, Churchill, Senior, Midfielder
- Katie Stender-Moore, Whitman, Senior, Goalkeeper
- Morgan Weise, Whitman, Senior, Defender
- Lindsey Brick, Quince Orchard, Junior, Defender
- Alycia Dowling, Damascus, Senior, Midfielder
- Maddy Merrill, Blair, Senior, Forward
- Kate Faraone, Quince Orchard, Junior, Midfielder
- Ally Holden, Walter Johnson, Senior, Goalkeeper
- Cailyn Adelman, Northwest Senior, Defender
- Annie Riley, Watkins Mill, Senior, Midfielder
- Gabby Heitmann, Wootton, Senior, Goalkeeper
- Alexandra Ratkowski-Howe, Richard Montgomery, Senior, Midfielder
- Marlee Heaven, Richard Montgomery, Freshman, Midfielder
- Rachel Onderko, Poolesville, Junior, Forward
- Sydney Konzmann, Blake, Junior, Defender
- Zena Baryoun, Magruder, Junior, Goalkeeper
- Rachel Tievy, Poolesville, Junior, Goalkeeper