Hawks prevail 2-1 in a showdown between nationally ranked girls soccer powers

In a showdown with one of the state’s top public school powers, top-ranked Archbishop Spalding visited Frederick County’s Urbana High, Thursday evening, and the Cavaliers lost for first time this year, surrendering two second half goals and falling, 2-1.

Trailing 1-0 at the half, Spalding drew even in the 49th minute as Lauren Korsnick converted a feed from Fifi Iluyomade. It was only the second goal unbeaten Urbana (13-0-1) has surrendered this season. The Hawks, however, needed only one additional minute to go back on top as Abbey Burdette won a ball on the top right-side off the box, centered it and watched as senior Caitlin Shepherd drilled it into the back of the net.

Burdette scored the first goal of the game, seven minutes into the first half.

Both teams came into the contest with lofty state and national rankings. In addition to being ranked No. 1 in the Baltimore area by VSN, Spalding (9-1-2) is ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 13 in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer. The Cavs also hold a No. 7 national ranking from USA Today. Top Drawer has Urbana No. 1 in the state and No. 12 in the state.