Sparrows Point girls soccer earns win over No. 9 Catonsville

Pointers' 3-1 victory followed last season's county title game loss to Comets

September 26, 2014|By Glenn Graham | The Baltimore Sun

The biggest thing the Sparrows Point girls soccer team stressed at halftime of Friday's game against No. 9 Catonsville was being sure to respond favorably if the Comets scored.

So when the visitors did score a tying goal midway through the second half, the Pointers had a chance to apply what they discussed.

They did so impressively.

Sparrows Point came right back, getting a goal from Jamie Shiflett three minutes later and went on to claim a well-deserved, 3-1 upset win over Catonsville.

The Pointers improved to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in Baltimore County and handed the Comets (6-1-2, 4-1-1) their first loss of the season.

It was the first-ever win against Catonsville for all the current Pointers, and it avenged a 2-1 loss in last year's county championship.

When junior Lindsea Webb, who assisted on Shiflett's game-winning goal earlier, added an insurance goal in the closing seconds, it wasn't a surprise to see the home team celebrate a little more than after a typical win.

"It feels really good because we hadn't beaten them at all," said Shiflett, who has 12 goals this season.

"I just tried to pump everybody up and stay positive [after the Comets tied the game]. It just shows we play with heart and never give up. We can stay positive and we know how to come back."

The Pointers had the ball a little more in the first half and scored with one second left when Katie Barth finished off a chance in close after a free kick bounced around the penalty area.

Catonsville came with pressure in the second half and was able to equalize on Renee Gast's goal from in close with 20:24 to play.

The Pointers could have panicked. Instead, they went back to work and once again took charge.

Webb won the ball down the right side and sent a low cross that skipped past a Catonsville defender to a streaking Shiflett, who one-timed a low shot from 14 yards to make it 2-1 with 17:09 to play.

"It was all about hard work, " Sparrows Point coach Joe Lambert said. "Lindsea outworked somebody on the right side and basically won that ball and gave us the opportunity by playing the nice cross in. Jamie just has a nose for the goal — she's always where she needs to be. It was good."

The Pointers' defense capably held up the rest of the game. Junior defender Alexandria Adams provided help on Jennifer Nonn's run down the right side with 12:30 left. When Nonn cut inside to get space from a defender, Adams was there to close with a clean tackle and clear.

Alyssa Rasmussen cleared another Catonsville opportunity with 8:05 to play and goalie Madison Anthony had the angle covered to save a shot from Lauren McDonald with under one minute to play.

Sparrows Point 3, No. 9 Catonsville 1

Goals: C – R. Gast; SP – Barth, Shiflett, Webb

Assists: SP -- Webb

Saves: C – Croom 4; SP – Anthony 3

Half: SP, 1-0

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