From the HCC sports desk:
BEL AIR, Md.—The Harford women’s soccer team dominated play as it won its second straight with a 6-0 decision over visiting Brookdale on Wednesday night at Harford Stadium. Freshman Erin Lynn (Fallston, Md./Fallston) led the way with three assists on the night, while freshmen Beth Lambros (Forest Hill, Md./North Harford) and Penelope Fantis (Fallston, Md./Fallston) added two goals apiece.
The Fighting Owls (2-0) wasted no time as Lynn and Lambros connected in the fifth minute to give Harford a 1-0 lead over the Jersey Blues (0-1). The score would remain the same for the rest of the first half, but not without significant scoring chances for the Owls, who would outshoot Brookdale 8-4 in the period with four of those shots on goal.
The shooting margin was even more lopsided, as was the scoring, in the second half of play, which saw the Fighting Owls hold a 16-5 advantage on shots, with 10 on goal.
Six of those scoring chances would occur within a 12 minute span from the 56th to the 68th minute, resulting in five goals for Harford during that time period.
Fantis started the five-goal rally off after being fouled in the box and converting the ensuing penalty kick to give Harford a two-goal lead at the 55:39 mark.
The rookie midfielder would strike again in the 60th minute as former Fallston teammate Lynn dished her a ball into the center which Fantis finished into the lower right side of the net.
Another four minutes later, Harford would see its fourth goal of the night as sophomore Becca Bazemore (Churchville, Md./C. Milton Wright) centered a ball from just forward of midfield and redshirt freshman Lyndsie Ludwig (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright/Wilmington) popped it past the Brookdale keeper at the 63:27 mark.
Not even a full minute later, Lynn would fire a cross from the right side, which Lambros got a foot on and deflected into the net from about four yards out to give Harford an insurmountable, 5-0 lead.
Bazemore would tack on the final goal of the night as she forced a turnover during an attempted Brookdale clear and fired a rocket from 20 yards out through traffic that dribbled into the lower right corner of the goal in the 68th minute.
The Brookdale offense would come see a few good scoring chances before time expired, but Harford freshman keeper Cierra Stinson (Nottingham, Md./Mercy) would easily turn away the shots, cementing the shutout win.
Harford held a 5-0 advantage on corner kicks, but committed 11 fouls to the Jersey Blues’ three. Stinson would tally five saves in 90:00 for Harford, while Casey McLean notched eight in 68:01 and Nadine Busner corralled one ball in the final 21:59.
The Fighting Owls return to action on Friday when they wrap-up a three game homestand by hosting Nassau at 4:00 p.m. at Harford Stadium.