Kara Dietrich had a goal and as assist to help lead the CCBC Essex women’s soccer team to a 2-0 win over visiting Montgomery College on Tuesday.
The Knights are now 2-1, while the Raptors fell to 1-4. The victory also gave the Knights the top spot in the Maryland JuCo standings (albeit at 1-0).
Essex took a 1-0 lead with 15 minutes remaining in the first half as Ryleigh Fachler (Perry Hall) scored off a corner kick by Dietrich (Perry Hall).
The Knights had several opportunities to extend their lead early in the second half, with several shots going just wide of the goal and one shot bouncing off of the post.
Dietrich finally gave Essex a bit of a cushion. With about 30 minutes remaining, she collected a loose ball, dribbled down the right side, beat a defender and fired a shot past Montgomery keeper Nikki Shaffer.
The Knights defense took it from there. Essex dominated the flow of play, out-shooting Montgomery 21-3 and taking 15 corner kicks to none for the Raptors.
Sam Tornatore (Eastern Tech) faced only two shots on goal, saving both.
It was the first game for Essex since beating Harcum College on August 25 during the Knights Kick-Off Classic.
A game against defending region champion Harford Community College last week was cancelled after the Owls folded their program.
Montgomery College knocked Essex out of the Region XX playoffs last season, so the Knights have emerged as the favorite to take the region title, their first since 2012.
Essex defeated host Anne Arundel Community College 5-1 on Friday, and followed that up with a 5-0 victory against visiting Rowan College at Burlington County on Sunday.
Dietrich and Mikayla Boyle (Eastern Tech) each scored two goals against Anne Arundel, with Amaya Purnell (Perry Hall) getting the other goal.
Essex outshot Anne Arundel 22-2.
Dietrich scored four goals against Rowan College, and Ashlyn Hales (Eastern Tech) also scored.