After squandering several excellent first half scoring opportunities, the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute's girls soccer team played a strong second half and topped neighboring Western High School 5-1 at Poly on Tuesday.
Jocelyn Hordge scored three goals for the Lady Engineers, including two in the second half when she intercepted Western goal kicks, then proceeded to net the ball.
“She’s a phenomenal player,” Poly coach Jessalyn Timson said of the senior. “She didn’t play for us last year. She ran track instead. I talked to her during the school year and she said how much she missed the team and I said, ‘come on out,’ and she did.”
Timson said Hordge was the team’s top scorer when she played as a sophomore.
Hordge scored the team’s second, third and fifth goals and teammate Juliet Bishop scored the fourth off an assist from Nyle Tyson. first goal was a result of a Western defensive mis-communication—a defender knocked the ball past the keeper and into an open net. The keeper had been charging to gain control of the ball.
Western opened the scoring five minutes into the game when Audrey Smylie converted a penalty kick that was the result of a push in the penalty area.
Poly had several golden opportunities to knot the score but was unable to convert a couple of one-on-one chances.
Then, with 18 minutes left in the opening half, the Doves defensive error resulted in a tie game.
The Lady Engineers grabbed the lead with six minutes left in the opening half when Hordge lofted a long lob shot from the right side, over the Western keeper and into the net.
Four minutes into the second half, Hordge intercepted a goal kick, let loose with a shot that was initially saved, yet Hordge—in a follow-up effort—pounced on the loose ball and neatly placed a shot into the left corner from the right center.
After that quick start to the second half, Poly continued to dominate the action, barely letting the Doves get a shot on goal.
Yet they did not score again until nine minutes were left when Bishop collected her goal. That came off an indirect kick. Tyson nudged the ball a couple of feet to her left and Bishop placed an arching shot into the upper right net.
The Lady Engineer’s final score came when Hordge, working on the left side, again intercepted a goal kick and nailed a shot into the left corner.
“We had a really tough loss last week (4-3 to Baltimore City College), so it was good to see them come back and improve on that,” Timson said. “We had a slow start, but we improved.”
Western coach Bob Kordecki said the Doves lost to a better team.
“They just out-played us and they out-communicated us,” he said. “Other than that, we can play with them. Next time should be a different story.”
Kordecki said the interceptions of the goal kicks were the result of an injury to a Western defender nine minutes into the game—that player typically takes the goal kicks.
“We have to work on that, and basically just work on fundamentals and make everything work better for us,” Kordecki said.
Poly improved its record to 3-1; Western fell to 2-1.