A Matter of Minutes

With ten minutes left in the second half, the Barons held a two-goal lead against RM and could taste the second round…until it took a turn for the worse.


Nathaniel Seaman

Logan Tongberg

Cam Rosen, staff

During the 2022 season, the girls’ soccer team achieved a regular season record of 8-2-2 – one of the best seasons in recent Baron history. B-CC was the third seed in their region going into the playoffs. On October 26, the Barons hosted Richard Montgomery (RM), who they previously tied 2-2, hoping to continue their historic regular season success in the playoffs.
With ten minutes left in the second half, the Barons held a two-goal lead against RM and could taste the second round. Up to this point, B-CC had a potential run for a state championship, which according to Junior midfielder Logan Tongberg “is always the main goal.” Then things took a turn for the worse. The Barons proceeded to let up three goals in under ten minutes of playtime, solidifying an RM comeback and ending the Baron’s season for the second year in a row, along with many of the players’ high school careers.
The girl’s soccer team played 14 games, totaling 1120 minutes, but the season will only be defined by those last ten. The Barons had a strong season, defeating Whitman and winning the Bethesda trophy back. A junior center defensive midfielder, Kate Campbell, described beating Whitman as the most memorable moment of the season and “an amazing feeling.” For almost all of the season, the team foresaw success making the loss even more bitter.
In professional sports, teams and players’ whole seasons and even careers get looked back upon negatively because of a single play or game, despite many other plays telling a different story. The 2007 Patriots were only a single play away from completing the greatest NFL season of all time but were cut short due to a miraculous catch.
Tongberg confirmed that the team will “definitely use this loss as motivation” because they “don’t want to have that feeling again.” Campbell added that the loss “only wants to make them win more next year” even if they are losing their captain and star, senior Sydney Allen.
Despite this, Tongberg, who is expected to be the team’s main leader next year, ensures the B-CC community that they will be back next year “stronger and more determined than ever seen before.”