- The Enterprise
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The Calverton School boys and girls soccer teams began the Maryland Independent Schools Athletic League playoffs on the right foot as both squads secured relatively easy victories in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The boys hosted Takoma Academy, from Montgomery County, on Thursday for a semifinal game, while the girls hosted Grace Christian Academy of Waldorf in a semifinal matchup. Both games ended too late for inclusion into this edition.
The semifinal winners will advance to the championship games on Saturday. The boys final is scheduled to be played at 5:30 p.m., with the girls to follow at 7:30 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold.
The boys opened the postseason by scoring three times in the first half and cruised to a 9-1 win over Riverdale Baptist from Prince George’s County.
Charlie Taylor scored three goals for the second-seeded Cougars (5-2-2 overall) and Steven Goff added two goals. Nick Nwadike, David Tarry, Justin Knode and Jason Brown each scored once. Tarry and Cole Kern each also added two assists.
“[We were] in control with two goals in the first 10 minutes and the game opened up in the second half,” Calverton head coach Pat Noel said.
James Briscoe made six saves and Seth Hendershot turned aside five to beat the sixth-seeded Crusaders.
Calverton had previously defeated Riverdale 5-1 in a regular season game on Oct. 16.
The girls joined the boys in the semifinal round following a convincing 10-0 romp over visiting Spencerville from Montgomery County.
“We controlled the majority of this game,” Calverton head coach Carlton Leslie said.
The top-seeded Cougars (16-1) received six goals from Morgan Tabor despite playing less than half the game.
“[It was] probably the most impressive individual performance I have seen while coaching at Calverton,” Leslie said of Tabor, who has 48 goals on the season. “Amazing performance by this young lady.”
Cypress Lee, Olivia O'Brien, Rachel Howdyshell and Elise Bouchard each scored once and center midfielder Cheyenne Manning added three assists and was, according to Leslie, “also impressive.”
The eighth-seeded Hornets did not have a shot on goal.
The win was the sixth straight for the Cougars.
“Our team is just playing so well,” Leslie said.