LANDOVER – A hat trick performance by captain Madison Endres and goals by nine different goal scorers propelled the Eleanor Roosevelt High School girls soccer team to their fourth straight Prince George’s County Girls Soccer Championship, defeating Oxon Hill, 14-4, on Oct. 21.
Endres, the Raiders’ senior midfielder, scored all three of her goals in a 15-minute span in the first half as the Raiders (10-1) out possessed their opponents throughout the first half. Roosevelt opened the game with five shots on target but scored no goals until senior striker Zosia Nicholson converted her first of two goals in the ninth minute.
Endres followed with her first goal of the game after quickly outpacing two defenders inside the penalty area. In the 18th minute, junior striker Gloria Rodriguez stunned the Clippers defense with a 20-yard left-footed volley into the goal to give the 4A regular season champions a 3-0 advantage.
Sophomore striker Bethany Turman fired back for Oxon Hill as she outran the Raiders defense during a counterattack to score the Clippers’ first goal, bringing their deficit down to two. However, midfielder Sophie Swart scored her first of two goals to start a streak of five unanswered goals by the Raiders in 14 minutes. Endres added her final two goals to earn her hat trick during the streak as Roosevelt entered halftime with an 8-2 lead.
The Greenbelt-based squad continued finding the net and adding goals at-will during the second half, with Swart taking advantage of a defensive error for the Raiders’ 10th goal of the contest. With less than seven minutes remaining, senior midfielder Haley Zack scored the game’s final goal, becoming Roosevelt’s 10th goal scorer. The Raiders receive a first-round bye in the 4A South bracket of the state playoffs, which start on Oct. 23.
Oxon Hill was making their second appearance in the County Championship game as the 1A/2A/3A representative following an 11-0 regular season record. Despite the distorted score line, sophomore striker Jamaya Foster pressed forward in attack, troubling the Raiders defense throughout the second half.
Foster finished with three goals, including a 35-yard wonder strike from the right sideline in the second half. The Clippers earned a No. 1 seed in the Region II section of the 3A South.