A pair of losses to Severna Park and Broadneck in the same week is nothing for the Northeast girls soccer team to be ashamed of — the Falcons and Bruins are the reigning 4A East region finalists from a year ago and perennial state contenders — and besides, the Eagles’ September 12 home game against the Bruins came with a breakout moment for a pair of rising stars. With her team down 2-0 in the first half, Northeast freshman Caitlyn Cornwell showed outsized determination and will by refusing to be denied on a highlight-reel goal. The sequence began when Cornwall ran forward from near midfield onto a brilliantly slotted through-pass by fellow freshman Makenzie Boyd. Running full speed, Cornwell controlled possession, fought off a defender, evaded a tackle, took a deft touch to slip past Broadneck’s goalkeeper and drilled a low screamer into an empty net. A trail of nonplussed Bruins stood with blank stares in Cornwell’s wake as she was embraced by teammates in celebration.
With four freshmen on the team, the future is bright for the Eagles — and so is the present.