Spalding girls’ soccer picks up where it left off

SEVERN – The girls’ soccer team from Archbishop Spalding High School began its Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference schedule in the same fashion it ended 2016, with a hard-fought victory over rival Notre Dame Preparatory.

Archbishop Spalding’s Jenna Snead redirects a corner kick against Notre Dame Prep’s, Alex Fava, to score the lone goal in a 1-0 victory at home in Severn, Sept. 12. (Kevin J. Parks/CR Staff)

The Cavaliers posted a 1-0 home victory over the Blazers Sept. 12. The game’s only goal came five minutes into the second half, when Jenna Snead converted off of a corner kick from classmate Kaitlyn Keaton.

“I’m glad I was in the right place at the right time,” Snead said, of a sequence that was set up by a run from Abby Hanks. “We did really good work by winning the corner.”

Spalding, ranked No. 1 by the Sun and Varsity Sports Network, needed a penalty kick shootout to beat NDP in last year’s A Conference championship game.

The Cavaliers improved to 4-0-1 overall.

“Capitalizing on key moments, continuing to be resilient around the goal, it’s something we focus on, and we did that,” Spalding coach Ashly Kennedy said. “I believe in this group, and I believed in us scoring a goal. That belief stayed … we came through.”

The opening 20 minutes delivered few scoring chances. In the 32nd minute, NDP goalkeeper Gabie Christy was required to make one of her seven saves. The most notable came when she made a diving stop of a penalty kick by Hanks, which kept Spalding from icing the outcome.

Notre Dame Prep, Towson, goalkeeper, Gabrielle Christy, makes a sliding save against Archbishop Spalding High School’s Lauren Korsnick during a match in Severn, Sept. 12. (Kevin J. Parks/CR Staff)

“I kind of knew which way she was going to go,” Christy said, of a club teammate.

NDP, which dropped to 0-2-1 overall, played a number of ninth-graders.

“The younger players saw what it’s going to take, Christy said. “I think they’ll step up.”

Paul McMullen contributed to this story.

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Kevin J. Parks

Kevin J. Parks

A Baltimore native, Kevin J. Parks joined the Catholic Review as its visual journalist in 2016 following a lengthy career at Mercy Medical Center, where he shot photography and video for internal communications, marketing and medical stories for local and national media.

Kevin has been honored by the Associated Church Press and the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press association for his work at the Catholic Review. One of his career highlights is documenting a medical mission in Peru, which received two national awards.

Kevin is proud graduate of Archbishop Curley High School. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore, and is a parishioner of St. Francis de Sales, Abingdon.