Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School senior goalie Angela White has special powers. Well, that hasn’t been confirmed, yet, but B-CC coach Rob Kurtz said he believes it.
Sherwood coach John Vukovich agreed White is something special after the second-year, full-time starter single-handedly saved the Barons’ fifth consecutive state final appearance in Saturday’s 4-3, penalty-kick win against the Warriors at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville.
The teams entered the penalty kick round after 100 minutes of scoreless soccer.
After missing two of its first three attempts, four-time defending state champion B-CC was on the cusp of defeat.
With the teams locked at 3-3 the 10th kicker, Warriors junior defender Kelly Flamand set the ball down in front of the frame. Score and Sherwood makes its first ever state final and ends B-CC’s streak.
Flamand sent a right-footed, decently-paced shot to the far post.
“I’ve never seen a goalie get out that far. That was just a nice save,” Vukovich said. “It’s like she had eight-foot arms. She did a great job.”
Sherwood (14-2), which was making its first state tournament appearance, won the teams’ regular-season match, 1-0. B-CC (13-3) will face Anne Arundel County’s South River in the state final at a time yet to be determined.
During Saturday’s game White was protected by a strong back line, led by sophomores Denali Minnick and Rachel Cady and senior Zoe Mesirow, that did a good job withstanding the pressure imposed by Sherwood’s incredibly fast attack.
Warriors senior midfielder Hope Gouterman’s technical play in the middle makes Sherwood dangerous pushing forward.
Scoring has been an issue for the Barons all season long. B-CC plays an aesthetic, possession style of soccer but lacks a single high-scoring entity. The Barons, however, have found a way to persevere in any situation in recent years and did so again Saturday.
Maia Emden, Cady, Mesirow and Minnick all converted their penalty kicks for B-CC.
Gouterman, Amanda Pustis and Kristen Lauda scored for Sherwood.
“I’m usually not speechless, but I don’t know what to say. I never believe we are out of it. I know a lot of people say that but I truly believe it. I knew Angela would get a touch on it,” Kurtz said. “She has special powers, but I don’t know where they come from.”
B-CC 1, Sherwood 0 (4-3 penalty kicks)
B-CC (13-3) 0 0 0 0 1 — 0
Sherwood (14-2) 0 0 0 0 0 — 0
B-CC — 4 (Maia Emden, Rachel Cady, Zoe Mesirow, Denali Minnick)
Sherwood — 3 (Amanda Pustis, Hope Gouterman, Kristen Lauda)