There is still one more regular-season game to play next Monday. Then, there will be the Central Maryland Conference championship game for girls soccer next Saturday, followed by the playoffs.
So, it’s still unclear when and where Miranda Keaton’s scoring barrage might eventually roll to a stop.
But, as it stands right now, there is no end in sight for the Linganore senior.
Even a sprained ankle that kept her out of practice for two days couldn’t slow her down Thursday night when she became Linganore’s all-time single-season goals leader in the Lancers’ 2-1 road win over Oakdale.
Keaton’s game-winner, scored with 22 minutes, 40 seconds to play, gave her 21 goals to go along with three assists over the span of 13 games. That ranks her second in Frederick County for goals and overall scoring (45 points) behind Amirah Louketis of St. John’s Catholic Prep.
“I mean, obviously it’s fun to beat the record,” Keaton said modestly after the game.
The game-winning sequence came roughly 12 minutes after Oakdale freshman striker Sam Foster pulled the Bears even on a pure-hustle goal that saw her take the ball around the final defender and the goalkeeper before steering it into the open net.
It also followed a first-half goal scored by Linganore’s Miranda Timberlake on an indirect free kick near the top of the goal box. Timberlake, who dropped back into the midfield to help offset a rash of injuries that has befallen the team, now has eight goals and 12 assists to put her near the top of the county’s scoring list.
“This is all part of our team effort,” Linganore coach Howie Putterman said.
The decisive sequence started with a throw-in by senior defender Mallory Maher into the Oakdale goal box. Junior striker Haley Barge got a touch on it before the ball found its way to Keaton for a bit of a sitter. That’s the kind of magnetic quality her foot has had this season.
“I think it was exciting,” Keaton said. “We knew [Oakdale] was going to be a tough competitor.”
The win raised Linganore’s record to 11-2 overall and earned the Lancers a spot in next Saturday’s CMC championship game against unbeaten Urbana, which defeated Linganore 2-0 at home on Sept. 16. The Lancers have not lost a game since.
Linganore also clinched the No. 2 seed behind Urbana in Section 2 of the Class 3A West playoffs.
“It was a good contest between two good teams. Linganore was a little bit better tonight,” Oakdale coach Aric Canonico said.
In addition to Keaton’s ankle injury, senior midfielder Lauren Albano left the game with what Putterman believed was an ankle sprain. Albano was moving around with the assist of crutches after the game.
Earlier, she launched a shot early in the second half that struck the crossbar and led to a counter attack that produced Foster’s goal for Oakdale.
Linganore was also missing senior midfielder Meredith Lapen, who was out due to a concussion.
Yet, the Lancers somehow found a way to get the job done.
“I tell you what,” Putterman said. “This Oakdale team is pretty awesome. It’s amazing we would have three of the best teams in the state sitting right here in Ijamsville. But I think we do.”