Brambleton VA (April 28, 2019) - With just a few games left in the regular season, Potomac District girls soccer teams are positioning themselves for the playoffs. Out in front are the Stone Bridge Bulldogs and the Briar Woods Falcons, who are battling for the top spot. The outcome of this match could bring a bit of clarity to the standings.
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
Just a minute after kickoff things seemed more clear. In fact, they seemed a lot more clear. Taking a pass from the left flank, the Falcons' Sophie Maltese tucked a shot into the corner of the net for an immediate 1-0 lead. Even the home fans, who have come to expect greatness, appeared a bit surprised by the sudden turn of events since the Bulldogs had yet to lose so far this season.
But Stone Bridge is a confident and steady team, and gradually the field began to tilt in their favor. Several good chances ensued for the visitors only to be thwarted at the last second by the Briar Woods defense. Finally, about midway through the first half, the opportunistic Maddie Blake scored to tie the game at 1-1.
Stone Bridge continued to control the game, and it looked like the score would remain tied into hafltime. But--in what seemed like the only other real chance the Falcons had--Alexa Zalnasky calmly tucked a rebounded shot into the Bulldogs net for a surprising 2-1 lead just before the half ended.
The Falcons had all of the momentum, but Stone Bridge was not to be outdone. They continued to pressure the Briar Woods goal, but did not score until just nine minutes remained in the game. When Kaitlyn Krupa scored to tie the game once again both teams went full out to try to win it in the last minutes of regulation. But neither team scored again, forcing overtime.
The overtime periods passed with neither team getting a brilliant chance to score, and the game ended, perhaps appropriately, with a tie. The final score truly showed that very little separates these two very strong contenders.
Final Score: Stone Bridge 2 - Briar Woods 2