Overtime losses bring boys and girls soccer seasons to an end

The boys and girls soccer seasons ended with a pair of heartbreaking overtime losses. The boys suffered a 2-1 defeat at Hammond High School, while the girls fell 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie through regulation and both overtime periods against Oakland Mills. 


The boys traveled to third-seeded Hammond on Wednesday after a difficult regular season, finishing with a record of 1-10-2. The Falcons struck first, scoring through Nico Martinez early in the second half. The team fought bravely against a strong Hammond attack for the next half-hour, with the defensive line of Mostafa Elamin, Lorenzo Jaramillo, and Andrew Sha making several key stops. However, a through-ball connected with Hammond’s striker late in the second half, who scored on a well-placed shot. In overtime, a breakaway saw Hammond score a strong shot into the top corner, ending the boys’ season. 


The girls hosted third-seeded Oakland Mills on Saturday in the regional semifinal. Entering the game as Montgomery County 2A/3A division champions, the team secured a first-round bye after earning an 8-4 record. Fighting for a spot in the regional championship, the early minutes of the game were cagey, with few shots registered. Both keepers were tested more frequently in the second half, with goalie Marissa Edwards registering several important saves. Strong shots from Alex Sosna and Morgen Smith were saved by the Oakland Mills goalkeeper. With no goals scored at the end of either overtime period, the score was settled through penalty kicks. Edwards saved the first Oakland Mills kick, but the opposing keeper came up strong with two saves of her own. The visitors would win the shootout 4-3 after Poolesville’s final shot was saved.


Hammond would go on to lose in the semifinal to eventual region champions Glenelg, while Oakland Mills were also defeated in the regional final by Glenelg.