From the HCC sports desk:
BEL AIR, Md.—The Harford women’s soccer team, which was recently ranked No. 13 among NJCAA Division I teams by the NSCAA/adidas Junior College poll, won its fifth straight as it downed CCBC-Catonsville, 4-1, on Tuesday night at Harford Stadium.
Freshman Beth Lambros (Forest Hill, Md./North Harford) scored all of the Fighting Owls’ (10-1, 5-0 MDJUCO) four goals, for her third eight-point game of the season and fifth-straight game with two goals or more, while Stephanie Barlage added the lone goal for the Cardinals (5-2, 4-1 MDJUCO) during the second half.
Harford wasted no time as freshman Penelope Fantis (Fallston, Md./Fallston) fed Lambros with a through ball from center to left, which the forward put into the lower left corner of the net at the 3:17 mark. The duo would connect again at the 15:49 mark, this time with Fantis sending Lambros a through ball from right center. Lambros would put on the brakes to draw her defenders away and would square up to the goal before finding the upper left corner to give Harford a two-goal lead.
The score would remain the same after 45:00 of play, but Barlage would cut the Owl lead to one as she deflected a cross from the far left by Rebecca Greene at the 48:18 mark to make the score, 2-1.
Lambros would answer less than two minutes later, however, as she took a pass from freshman Erin Lynn (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and finished the ball into the upper right half of the net at the start of the 51st minute.
The rookie forward would tack on the final goal with a penalty kick during the 79th minute, that resulted from a yellow card on the Cardinal keeper, as Harford rolled to the 4-1 win.
The Owls outshot the Cardinals, 28-4 and also held a 7-4 advantage on corner kicks, while Miki Mileika notched 14 saves in 90:00 and gave up three goals, Kara Cashen gave up the penalty kick goal, and freshman keeper Cierra Stinson (Parkville, Md./Mercy) made just one save in 90:00.
The Fighting Owls return to action on Tuesday, October 6 when they host the College of Southern Maryland for a 6:30 p.m. game at Harford Stadium.