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Huntingtown and Calvert came into Friday night’s girls soccer clash with unbeaten records.
The winner of this game, played at Calvert High, could potentially become 2012’s SMAC champion depending on how the rest of the regular season goes.
With three minutes left in regulation, Huntingtown (9-0, 7-0 SMAC) netted the only goal needed that eventually kept it undefeated on the season with a 1-0 victory over the Cavaliers.
“This was a big game for us probably the biggest one of the season because Calvert is such a strong talented team and because they know a lot of the girls since they live so close,” Hurricanes head coach Jill Twetten said.
Calvert (7-1-1, 7-1-1) got sucked into a game of kickball in the second half where it continuously gave the ball away. Later came the heartbreaker for the Cavaliers as Huntingtown’s Victoria Bellucci received a pass at the top of the 18-yard box, where she ended up scoring the eventual game-winning goal.
“Our team came out slow because we were all nervous about the game, but we connected as a team and it took the whole game, but we got it done,” Bellucci said. “I was in shock that I had no idea that it was going to go in, but I knew with only two minutes left that we would be able to hold onto the win.
Calvert girls did not give up. Brooke Bailey was the team’s driving force the whole night and was up and down the field the majority of the game.
“This was a big game for us, they are our biggest rivals,” Bailey said. “This game meant a lot, we worked our butts off, but not everything goes in your favor. Tonight wasn’t one of those nights.”
The game would stay this way and the Hurricanes would be the team remaining unbeaten.
“We knew we had to contain Huntingtown in the finishing third,” Calvert head coach Dawn Lister said. “Unfortunately, in the last three minutes of the game, we gave them too much space there and midfielder Bellucci took advantage of that and put one into the net.
“Both teams played with solid possession throughout the game. It was a good contest and the coaching staff is very proud of our team. They worked hard on the pitch and they played with composure and confidence throughout the game.”
Neither team could seem to find a way to take advantage of their chances in the first half.
In the fourth minute, Calvert was able to get a nice passing play, but it ended up being blocked by the Hurricanes defense. Huntingtown’s offense turned things around in the 20th minute after settling down as they reached one of the many set pieces they had in the game.
As time wound down in the first half, neither team let up, matching one another on both sides of the ball. The Hurricanes and Cavaliers went to halftime scoreless.
Huntingtown almost struck early in the second half as Kaitlin Hudson had the ball fall to her feet but was unable to score.
Allison Higgs responded for Calvert as she drove down the field, taking the ball deep into the corner and then crossing the ball into the box. Her teammates couldn’t get any feet on it as the ball skipped across two players in the six-yard box.
The rest of the game was left all out on the field. The girls from both squads were fighting to stay unbeaten. They were tired and worn out, but were determined to keep going.
As time in the second half trickled down, it looked as if overtime was going to be necessary.
Huntingtown didn’t want to see overtime as Jessica Ray’s shot ricocheted and rolled in the box and then hit the left post before the Calvert defense cleared it out.
Later, Bellucci scored and Huntingtown left Prince Frederick still unbeaten.
Calvert 4, Chopticon 0
Rachel King (8 saves) and Katie Wilding (2 saves) teamed up to help the visiting Cavaliers blank the Braves last Tuesday.
Megen Jackson scored twice and Higgs and Annie Sullivan each had one goal.
Sullivan, Sophia Lautieri and Hailey Williams each added an assist.
Staff writer Michael Reid contributed to this report.