The Patapsco girls soccer team has played well this season, without much to show for it.
The Patriots were rewarded last week, doubling their win total for the season with a 2-1 victory over visiting Pikesville on Thursday.
“When we play teams we have a fighting chance against, we don’t finish, we don’t take chances,’ Patapsco coach Steve Dorfman said. In the Parkville game, I thought we were competitive with Parkville but we didn’t finish all of our chances.”
Earlier this season, Patapsco lost to Hammond 1-0 in overtime.
“They dominated possession, and we were just sending long balls. We’ve progressed since then,” Dorfman said.
Against Pikesville last week, “I thought we could have scored more goals,” Dorfman said. “We had more opportunities to score, but at the moment, we hesitated. That’s a lack of confidence.”
Patapsco took a 2-0 lead in the first half on goals by Corrine Barco and Alexis Mariano.
Pikesville responded just before halftime to make it a 2-1 game, and neither team scored in the second half.
Mariano scored first, picking up the ball after a Patriot shot was knocked away to the right side and blasting it into the net with 11:09 remaining in the first half.
Barco scored on a long shot from the right side, arching the ball over several defenders and just inside the near post less than two minutes after Mariano’s goal.
“Alexis has stepped up in the middle and has been playing very well,” Dorfman said. “We also moved Lanyia Jacobs to defense, and with her speed we can put her one-on-one with anyone in the division.”
Pikesville scored with 4:32 remaining in the half.
Both teams had opportunities to score in the second half. The Panthers nearly tied the game when they had a wide-open shot on goal, but the shot went wide of the far post.
Patapsco’s other win this season was a 4-0 victory over Owings Mills.
“We played very well against Pikesville, have a winnable game against Chesapeake and it’s always nice to play our rivals [Dundalk] on Senior Night,” Dorfman said.
Patapsco (2-6) was to play at Chesapeake (2-6) on Tuesday, and host Dundalk (3-6) on Wednesday.
The Owls lost to visiting Parkville on Monday 5-1. Dundalk won at Owings Mills on Thursday, 2-1.
Sparrows Point clinched a spot in the Baltimore County championship game for the seventh straight year with a 2-0 win at Dulaney on Thursday and a 10-2 win over visiting Franklin on Friday.
The Pointers won at Catonsville on Monday 3-1 to finish unbeaten in Baltimore County Division I with a 7-0-1 record.
Sparrows Point (7-4) won its second straight game after a four-game losing streak, with a 2-1 decision over visiting Dulaney on Thursday.
The Pointers were to host Catonsville on Tuesday with a chance to finish 4-4 in Division I.
Patapsco (4-7) defeated host Pikesville 1-0 on Thursday, on a goal by Diego Placido off an assist from Steven Fulton.
The Patriots were to host Chesapeake on Tuesday and play at Dundalk on Wednesday.
The Owls (3-7-1) lost to visiting Owings Mills on Thursday 2-1 and lost at Parkville on Monday 4-1.
The Patapsco game is Senior Night for Dundalk.