The Eleanor Roosevelt High School girls’ soccer team is back in the Class 4A South Region final after missing out in last year’s title defense.
The Raiders defeated rival Bowie, 3-1, in Friday’s 4A South Section II final played at Allen Pond Park. It was Roosevelt’s (13-2) second win against the Bulldogs (10-3) in 2013; the Raiders won the teams’ regular season matchup.
Roosevelt advances to face Parkdale in Tuesday’s region final. The Panthers defeated Northwestern 2-0.
“We’re in good position,” first-year Roosevelt coach Bob Sowers said. “I like that we have a balanced team effort.”
Roosevelt fell down by a goal midway through the first half when Rachel Anderson buried a direct kick. But the Raiders didn’t panic. Scoring has not been an issue this fall and it’s come from all angles of the field — Sowers encourages his players to go to goal no matter what position they play.
Defender Molly Septus scored the equalizer late in the first half off another direct kick and the first half ended a 1-1 tie. Freshman Sheyenne Bonnik scored twice in rapid succession early in the second half and Bowie, in a bit of a rebuilding year after losing the majority of its key players from last year’s region title run, was unable to recover.
“We played 20 people on the roster,” Sowers said. “We were subbing like crazy and I think it wore Bowie down a bit. With us, you never know who is going to score but it can come from anywhere. Molly Septus is a defender and she scored our first goal, that’s the depth of impact.”