Wilde Lake has no answers for defending champ Northern-Calvert in 3A state girls soccer final; Deresky drops four goals


Close, but: Wilde Lake fell short in its bid for a first state girls soccer Saturday at Loyola University’s Ridley Athletic Center in Baltimore. The fifth-ranked Wildecats dropped a 5-0 decision to defending champ Northern of Calvert County.

by Tom Hayden

In their quest for the Class 3A state title, Wilde Lake High girls soccer team predictably faced its toughest hurdle in Calvert County’s Northern in the final at Loyola University’s Ridley Athletic Center Saturday afternoon.

 It proved to be an obstacle the Wildecats could not clear. The Patriots dominated No. 5 Wilde Lake, 5-0, to repeat as 3A champs. Junior Rachel Deresky, who’s verbally committed to Vanderbilt University, scored four goals for Northern (18-3 overall).

“Even though we came up short today, I am so proud of all these girls,” said Wilde Lake fourth-year coach Megan Shea. “A lot of people thought this was going to be a rebuilding year for us because we’re so young. But we had six really good seniors, including our two best defenders, Angie Geralis and Nicole Wright, and they were great leaders for this group. We beat some of the best teams in Howard County just to get here.”

The Columbia school (12-5-1) ended River Hill’s bid for a fourth straight title and knocked off Reservoir to claim the East Region II crown. The Wildecats defeated another Howard County foe, Mount Hebron, in the state quarterfinals before needing penalty kicks to turn away No. 8 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel in state semifinals last weekend at Frederick County’s Linganore.

Unfortunately for the Wildecats, Northern-Calvert was an entirely different animal, especially Deresky. Less than three minutes into the contest, Deresky was awarded a free kick after forward Kathryn Lawless was tackled and the junior drilled a shot  past sophomore keeper Hannah Lowry and into the lower left corner of the net to give the Patriots a 1-0 lead.

Northern added to its lead off another set piece when junior Sarah Eliff sent a corner kick into the box that appeared headed for Deresky. But the Wildcats denied her the ball only to watch Lawless one-touch it to Nicole Bissett who drilled a shot past Lowry for a 2-0 lead. Deresky added her second goal less than 10 minutes later and nearly added another before the intermission only to push that shot attempt wide right of the target.

She didn’t miss the next time around, chasing down a crossing pass from Eliff and deflected it into the lower right corner of the net for a 4-0 lead. Deresky scored again when she took a lead pass from Eliff and beat the last Wilde Lake defender and drilled a shot into the lower left corner of the net.

The championship wait continues for the Wildecats, who lost in the 2A final to Fallston in 2015. A title run wasn’t thought to be in the cards this fall for Wilde Lake after graduating three Division I performers in Lily Dunbar (Drexel), Julianna Bonner (Lehigh) and Jenna Hutchinson (George Mason).

Shea credited seniors Angie Geralis, Meridan McCall, Lily Richards, Kheira Tucker, Autumn Wright and Nicole Wright.

“Those girls obviously have special meaning to me, because I’ve watched them grow as freshmen to the incredible leaders of our team,” Shea said. “… We had some ups and downs, but the way we were able to finish it at the end was incredible for me to see the growth these girls have had this year. I know a lot of people from outside the program or the school saw this as a rebuilding year for us. It didn’t take us a whole year to rebuild and come back as strong as we had been the past few years.”

Northern-Calvert 5, No. 5 Wilde Lake 0
Goals: Northern – Rachel Deresky 4, Nicole Bissett
Assists: Northern – Kathryn Lawless, Madi Neall
Saves: Northern – Emily Cummings 2; Wilde Lake – Hannah Lowry 4
Northern-Calvert 3 2 – 5
Wilde Lake 0 0 – 0