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After collecting for a good cause, The Calverton School girls soccer team went out and collected yet another Maryland Independent Schools Athletic League championship with a 6-0 win over visiting Grace Christian Academy on Friday.

The Cougars (13-1, 6-0 MISAL) received three goals from Morgan Tabor who now has 37 on the season while Angie Horan, Shelby Harrison, and Shannon Moore each added one to earn their sixth-straight league championship.

Tabor, Harrison and Rachel Howdyshell each added an assist and goalie Elise Bouchard made five saves to record the shutout. Bouchard was helped in large part by her defensive line of Zoe Gertz, Samantha Moir and Corinthia Briscoe.

Before the game, it was the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation that was the big winner as the Cougars, who were playing their Passionately Pink for the Cure game, presented a check in the amount of $2,677.00 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“It is making a difference, it makes a difference every day,” said Chelsey Kelly, an international research analyst for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s D.C. chapter who accepted the check. “What they’re doing here is having a global impact. We are getting there [in terms of research]. We’ve made some huge strides in the last 10 years. It’s really amazing the research that we’ve funded along with the federal government and other breast cancer organizations have made big strides to find a cure. Thirty years ago you couldn’t say the word cancer and you as a reporter wouldn’t have been able to write the words cancer or breast cancer. You would have gotten in trouble for it. The fact that these girls, as well as boys, can wear pink and it’s not shameful is huge.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, the total stood at $2,817.93. Kelly said 75 cents of every dollar would stay in the community while the other 25 cents would go toward national headquarters to help with the foundation’s global mission. And the money is important as every 74 seconds a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, according to Kelly.

“Raising money for breast cancer is important to me because it is a terrible illness that affects many women today,” said Howdyshell, a junior. “As young women, we felt that it is important to continue this effort in raising money for the cause. ... It is our hope that we can make an impact on the world and help others in any way possible.”

The team raised the amount in less than three weeks by setting up tables at K-mart in Prince Frederick and at the recent Calvert County Fair.

“It’s great; we really couldn’t do anything without the community getting involved,” said Nicole Riibner, an administrative assistant for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s D.C. chapter on the many high school athletic teams who hold pink games. “It really helps us complete our mission. And its great to be out here seeing them get involved.”

In an open letter to the team, Calverton athletic director Greg Zecca, who was unable to attend the pregame ceremony and game, said in part, “Thank you so much for the efforts you have made for this cause. One of the great things about being part of the Calverton community is the willingness of our students to give of themselves for the greater good. It is a characteristic that your team embodies day in and day out and one of the reason why you have experienced so much success on the field. You have represented your school, our athletic program and yourselves in a great way. Thank you for your commitment to Calverton athletics.”

The Cougars also took donations through the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink website (www.Komen.org) and held a soccer clinic for lower school students.

“They met many survivors and several women who were in treatment,” said Renee Bouchard, who was the lead parent volunteer on an informal committee that included Kelly Urtso, Dan Howdyshell, Cathy Moir, Karen Tabor and Charlotte DeStephano. “One woman coming into [K-mart] stopped … and said to the group, ‘Thank you for taking your time to do this for such an important cause. You girls have many choices with what you can do with your time and this choice says a lot about you. Thank you.’”

The Cougars had specially made pink jerseys and wore them in the game.

“I'm proud of the girls both on and off the field," Calverton head coach Carlton Leslie said. “Our girls played their best overall game this season and they want to wear their new pink jerseys for our remaining home games this season.”

To help support breast cancer, go to www.komen.org.

mreid@somdnews.com