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Falcons replace scoring void with a committee

Seven different players not named Midge Purce scored the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School girls’ soccer team’s seven goals in two games played in Tennessee over the weekend. The Falcons defeated the defending Tennessee state champion Brentwood, 5-1, and then tied the host Franklin, which had defeated Good Counsel’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival Bishop O’Connell (Va.) by two goals earlier in the week.

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BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN AND NICK CAMMAROTA In five games, eight different players have scored for Good Counsel (2-0-3), settling some early questions about how the Falcons would move on from the graduation of the program’s alltime leading scorer, Purce, who is currently in her freshman season at Harvard University. Imani Dorsey, Nia Dorsey, Courtney Parr, Dana Reed and Julia Abbott scored against Brentwood, Maddie Pack and Kori Locksley recorded shots against Franklin. “Scoring is coming from everyone and it’s good,” longtime Good Counsel coach Jim Bruno said. “This team is spreading the ball around and I feel like [having so many scorers] gives them the confidence that everyone can score. ”

Boys It’s been a good few months for two standouts from BethesdaOlney Academy’s U17/18 team as former Walter Johnson mid-

HOW THEY RANK Girls’ soccer n 1. Good Counsel n 2. Holy Cross n 3. B.-Chevy Chase n 4. Walt Whitman n 5. Winston Churchill

Boys’ soccer n 1. Landon School n 2. Walter Johnson n 3. Good Counsel n 4. Walt Whitman n 5. Wootton

fielder Jeremy Ebobisse and Chase Gasper both were called up to the U-18 United States men’s national team domestic training camp Sept. 22-29 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. During the summer, the pair attended a U.S. Soccer Nike combine in Portland, Ore., and will again travel to the West Coast to play with some of the nation’s elite up-and-coming players. Also related to Bethesda, former AC Bethesda forward Patrick Tshiani signed a professional contract with Standard Liège of the Belgian League. Tshiani played for AC Bethesda’s U-14, U-15 and U-16 teams and last year was active with Royal Sporting Club, Anderlecht FC U19. Meanwhile, as of Sunday night in Montgomery County, only seven undefeated teams remained: Walter Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Northwest, Gaithersburg, Montgomery Blair, Watkins Mill and Springbrook.

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Concussions: Concern in other sports as well Multiple head injuries occur in field hockey and volleyball

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Given all the buzz surrounding concussions in football, it’s a bit ironic that at least four of the hot-button injuries happened in two of the lesser contact sports during the fall season: field hockey and volleyball. Walter Johnson High School’s top girls’ volleyball returner, outside hitter Brigid Morris, went down with the head injury during a scrimmage with Col. Zadok Magruder and could miss anywhere from a week to a month. The Wildcats have since begun the season with 3-0 losses to Damascus (25-22, 25-16, 2511) and Northwest (26-24, 25-23, 25-15).

PREP NOTEBOOK BY TRAVIS MEWHIRTER “IwassadtoseeBrigidwasn’t playing,” Damascus coach Becky Ronquillo said after the win. “Because she’s a powerhouse when she’s playing.” Our Lady of Good Counsel’s field hockey team, meanwhile, had two players suffer concussions — one from getting caught in the chin with a backswing, the other from a collision, according to coach Theda Bagdon, in a 2-0 loss to perennial ISL power St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes. Nothing seems to be wrong with the Sherwood field hockey team and the county’s hottest scorer, Emily Kenul. After claiming an early-season tournament title at Paint Branch last weekend, the Warriors toppled Poolesville 4-0, getting two goals apiece from Kenul and Gabrielle Yore. The very next day, in a

HOW THEY RANK Volleyball n 1. Holy Cross n 2. Sherwood n 3. Damascus n 4. Col. Zadok Magruder n 5. Poolesville

Golf n 1. Walter Johnson n 2. Winston Churchill n 3. Thomas S. Wootton n 4. Walt Whitman n 5. Quince Orchard

Field hockey n 1. Thomas S. Wootton n 2. Walter Johnson n 3. Sherwood n 4. Winston Churchill n 5. Good Counsel

matchup with Northwest, Kenul accounted for all four goals in another 4-0 win. Clarksburg, which also saw a player sidelined with a concussion,isoperatingslightlydifferent than its undefeated counterparts, stacking the box score with eight girls who either scored or assisted in a 6-0 win over Magruder. “The exciting thing is the kids are starting to play with a little more confidence,” said coach Sissy Natoli, who has her Coyotes off to a 4-0 start as of Sunday. “It’s been exciting. It’s a fun season so far.” All four of Clarksburg’s wins have been shutouts completed by goalie Rachel Brenowitz. “She’s coming into her own,”

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Sherwood High School senior Emily Kenul is leading the Warriors again. Natoli said. “She’s off to a good start.”

Golf For the second straight week, Walter Johnson broke 190, remaining the only team in the county to do so and certainly the only one to accomplish the feat twice. This led to the Wildcats going 3-0 for the second straight week, beating Walt Whitman (204), Quince Orchard (208) and Bethesda-Chevy Chase (226) at Northwest Golf course. “They’re for real,” Poolesville coach Dave Gillespie said. The Wildcats were led by Noah Moss, who shot a 35 after posting a season-opening 36 when Walter Johnson shot an alarmingly low 181. Josh Jacobs and Michael Gilman checked in at 36 and 37, respectively, and Jordan Bobb, who began the year with a 33, added a 39. Rounding out the effort was Taso Scilaris with a 41. Gillespie’s squad, meanwhile, is also undefeated in the second-tier Kyle Division, as is Col. Zadok Magruder in the

third-tier Kohut Division. “It’s been so far so good,” Gillespie said. “This is an extremely veteran team and they’re producing some really steady play.” Poolesville’s top four players — Rohit Mandavia, Craig Morton, Andy Baker and Trevor Stottlemyer — are separated by just six shots on the year with Mandavia being the current low man at 82. “I let them know that we have more depth than any other team in the division,” Gillespie said. And, though early in the year, he later added, “I like the sound of undefeated.” Some of the top individual performers this week were Winston Churchill’s Luke Schaap with a 34 and teammate Oliver Whatley with a 36, Thomas S. Wootton’s Delaney Shah (36), and Damascus’ Keith Berkheimer (36). Wootton, despite returning all four starters from last year’s state champion team, dropped to 3-3 after posting a 209. tmewhirter@gazette.net

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Springbrook relies on experience Field hockey: Blue Devils’ lineup is nearly half seniors

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Sixty minutes of regulation passed. Then the first overtime. Then all but 38 seconds of the second overtime period before, finally, Springbrook High School’s field hockey team netted the game-winner off the stick of a senior — one of seven on the roster. “That was one of my best experiences as a coach so far,” said coach Rebekah Harrison-Dietz of the 2-1 double-overtime win against Watkins Mill Sept. 11. “It was amazing. My girls showed so much heart.” Heart and experience. There may be no other coach in the county who can rival the amount of seniors Harrison-Dietz boasts on the Blue Devils’ 15-girl roster, laden with nearly 50 percent seniors. When she’s ever in a tight spot, such as the double-overtime marathon game against Watkins Mill, Harrison-Dietz knows she has options abound to turn to. “We have a small team but we have so many leaders who are dedicated,” said Harrison-Dietz, who got the Blue Devils off to a 3-0 start as of Sunday in her first year as the coach. “I think our strongest point is that we work well together as a team. All of our girls step up and all of them contribute. We come together as a complete team. All of our scoring is so spread out.” So spread, in fact, that there were five different girls who found the net in a 7-0 seasonopening win over Rockville. Even the youngsters, take freshman Beira Ho, whom the coach dubbed “phenomenal,” are producing for Springbrook and keeping pace with their veteran teammates. Sophomore Kelly Stiller notched the tying goal against Watkins Mill to force overtime and, according to Kendra Watson, Ho would have been there to take home the gamewinner had Watson not gotten her stick on it first. “It was so exciting,” she said of netting the game-winner. “I

went to school the next day and everybody was congratulating me.” As for her unusually large amount of senior peers alongside her, Watson says she sees it “as a huge advantage. I feel like even the underclassmen knows what they’re doing and helping to get the ‘W.’” The defense, anchored by a handful of juniors in sweeper Lizbeth Tapia and Tori Yetley, in particular receives a boost from the more youthful Blue Devils, though it is held together by senior captain Angelica Darling. “It’s been going pretty well,” Darling said of the abundance of her fellow 2014 classmates. “There’s no real power clashes or anything. We all get along well and the team chemistry is good.” Darling has been charged with filling in for Cassidy O’Hearn at center mid — essentially the quarterback of a field hockey team — while O’Hearn nurses a sprained ankle she suffered in a 1-0 win over Gaithersburg. Entering the season, the obvious pick for who would be leading the Blue Devils would have been O’Hearn, a second-team All-Gazette selection last year. But, as it turns out, no single girl has to shoulder that burden when she has six other equally experienced teammates to divvy it out to. “There’s a better flow,” O’Hearn said. “[Harrison-Dietz] has definitely changed the dynamics a lot. We do a lot more team-oriented stuff. It’s made a lot of the seniors step up, I think.” Watson was shifted from left mid to right forward, a position she played for several years prior, in O’Hearn’s absence, and she doesn’t appear to have missed a beat. Neither, it seems, has the team as a whole. “I don’t want to get cocky or big-headed,” Watson said. “But I feel like our team is getting better and better every day.” tmewhirter@gazette.net

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