The Blazers benefited from the restructuring of the Maryland State Soccer Tournament (MPSSA), with the final eight teams getting re-seeded based on regular season records. Blair 9-3) had the same record as Arundel High School (9-3), so a coin flip decided which team would be the 5th seed and which team would be the 6th seed. The Blazers ended up as the 6th seed, giving them an away game at C.H. Flowers High School in Prince Georges County vs. 3rd seed Parkdale (Riverdale, MD). It was a cold night, but the Blazers were on fire from the start. In the first minute, senior tri-captain Noa Dorah took a long pass and came close to scoring on a breakaway. But the Parkdale goalkeeper, who was aggressive and made a number of outstanding saves throughout the game, was up to the task. She and Dorah collided, one of several times that Dorah would hit the turf during the quarterfinal. Parkdale packed in the defense and relied on goalkeeping, physical play, and slide tackling to keep the Blazers off balance. But Blair kept getting quality chances, and it seemed only a matter of time until one of these opportunities would find the net. In the nineteenth minute, the Blazers would get the only goal that they would need when senior Dede Greenfield picked up a loose ball on a deflected shot and calmly placed it into the back of an open net. Freshman Magda Goles scored the second goal of the game eight minutes later on a pass from Dorah. And Dorah finished out the first half scoring with a goal of her own in the thirty-first minute. Going into the second half, the Blazers were feeling it, and they kept the pressure on the overmatched Panthers. Dorah added her second goal of the night in the fifty-second minute on a pass slipped through the defense by junior Sophie Kim. And junior Emilie Vigliotta finished things off with an exclamation point, blasting a corner kick from Greenfield into the far side of the goal from close range. The final score was 5-0, and the Blazers were “going to States!” The team posed for a few pictures on the field, knowing that they would be the first Girls Varsity Soccer team to advance to a State Semifinal in school history!
- 0 Parkdale High School
- 5 Montgomery Blair High School
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