Washington International girls soccer takes title in tie-breaker

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The Red Devils girls soccer team battled Oakcrest to a 1-1 tie Monday evening at the Maryland SoccerPlex on the strength of a goal by Charlotte Westermann. With penalty kicks necessary to break the deadlock in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference title game, the Red Devils prevailed to capture their second straight league tournament championship.

Washington International won the shootout 5-4 thanks to a save by goalkeeper Maddy Hawkins. The Red Devils who buried shots during the penalty kicks were Westermann, Ela Kalra, Marisa Morrison, Lulu Moore and Tati Clinton.

“This team was special because they overcame so many injuries, at one point losing 7 starters to various long-term injuries,” Washington International coach Colin Buck wrote in an email. “Marisa Morrison carried the team, playing every minute of every game throughout the season. Penalties are an exciting way to win a final but you always wish it could have been settled in regular time.”