2022.04.28 Girls Soccer: Briar Woods @ Potomac Falls

Potomac Falls, VA (April 28, 2022) - Heading into tonight's matchup, the battle for supremacy in the Potomac District looked to be between three teams, and two of them were playing in this game.

The Briar Woods Falcons, on the road against the Potomac Falls Panthers, were undefeated and at the top of the standings. The Panthers had suffered only one loss--and that was to the Falcons on April 4, a 4-1 defeat. The only blemish to the Falcons' record was a tie with the Riverside Rams, the third team in the fight.

Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.

The first twenty minutes were goal-free. Briar Woods had a handful of good chances, but Potomac Falls keeper, Amy Cruz, was up to the challenge and smothered or deflected each of those shots. But in the 25th minute she couldn't stop Kendall Garza from finishing a rebound of a corner kick that the Panther defense failed to clear, and the Falcons led, 1-0.

The Briar Woods back line held tough as Potomac Falls tried to get something going, and Falcon keeper Ana Sadler was hardly threatened. With two minutes remaining in the half, dynamic forward Taylor Price successfully headed in a corner kick to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead at intermission. At this point, the Panthers had every right to feel like victory was still in reach, but they had to get started quickly when play resumed.

That feeling was all but squelched when Price scored again just four minutes into the second half and completed the hat trick only two minutes later. Suddenly leading 4-0, the Falcons continued to attack. Just minutes later Avery Maltese took a hard, but fairly playable, shot from the left wing that got by Cruz for an overwhelming 5-0 lead. With a full twenty minutes remaining, the game seemed all but over.

To their credit, and despite the long odds, the Panthers did not hang it up. Perhaps building some momentum for the next game, Potomac Falls scored twice on goals by Emily Eck and Raegan Calvo. But with two victories over Potomac Falls now in hand, Briar Woods is in command of the district so far.

Final Score: Briar Woods 5 - Potomac Falls 2

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