DAMASCUS – Thanks to a 22nd-minute goal by senior striker Chloe Wilson, the Damascus High School girls soccer team defeated rivals Poolesville 1-0 on Oct. 7, ending the Falcons’ eight-game winning streak.
Wilson launched a shot over the head of Poolesville senior goalkeeper Rachel Tievy and the ball floated inside the net with over 18 minutes left in the first half.
“It’s always a good game when we play them,” said Damascus Head Coach Dave Kovack. “Always a great, physical, hard game to play. Both teams battled, and it was nice to come out on top.”
The Swarmin’ Hornets fired shots throughout the whole game, finishing the first half with 12 attempts on goal. Damascus finished the game connecting with 22 shots. Sophomore midfielder Maura Kane led Damascus with six total shots, while junior striker Mara Pizzano had four.
Meanwhile, Poolesville (8-2) arrived with only one loss on their record. Following Wilson’s goal, the Falcons pressed forward to attack, hitting 11 shots on goal, including eight in the second half. Tievy kept Poolesville in the contest with her 11 saves.
Meanwhile, as Poolesville attempted to tie the game, their opportunities were stopped by Damascus goalkeeper Sydney Smith. The senior made eight saves for her shutout as the Swarmin’ Hornets (6-4) won their fourth straight match.
“Our passes were awesome, our runs were spot-on, our movement was a lot better, and we stayed in it,” Wilson said. “We always tied Poolesville in double overtime, and this was the year we finally took it through and took home a win.”
For Wilson, the win was extra important as her aunt, who is currently battling breast cancer, was in the stands the moment her floating shot became the game-winning goal. Kovack, who also coached her as part of a club team, said that the shot was hit so perfectly that it was going to be hard for any goalkeeper to stop it.
Poolesville will look to bounce back and continue their winning ways as they travel to Quince Orchard High School on Oct. 14 and end the season at home against Churchill High School on Oct. 17. Damascus will look to improve their winning streak as they take on Magruder High School (Oct. 10) and Watkins Mill High School (Oct. 12).