It didn't take Glenelg long to establish the tempo of Monday's game against Mt. Hebron.
Thirteen seconds after the opening whistle, the Gladiators had a goal.
"I think it surprised (both teams) at how fast we came out. This was the fastest that we've scored," said Danielle Baker, who recorded the goal off an assist from Alyssa Parker.
Some 90 seconds later, Glenelg scored again as Stephanie Asher was the recipient of a Parker pass.
"Warming up, we realized the grass was really thick. Especially today, we knew we had to get out early and go because we didn't know how close the game would be," said Parker.
After Glenelg's second goal, Mt. Hebron called a time out and refocused.
"We had talked about holding them in 10 minute intervals, that's what we drilled on," said Mt. Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland. 'We did very well the first half, second half we ran out of gas."
"After they called a time out, we didn't score the rest of the half and they were in our circle a lot. They were pressuring us a lot," said Glenelg midfielder Emily Russo. "Two goals isn't a good lead when you are playing a team like (Mt. Hebron), and they really move the ball well."
"We did a lot of really, really good things, but I thought Kelly (Jones) had a great game particularly in the first half," Ireland said. Tianna Wallpher, Maddy Fisher and Lindsey Dewey also had notable games.
Up, 2-0, at the half, Glenelg gradually extended its lead after the break. Parker got the team's third goal; it was the 100th goal of her high school career. Her achievement was handled in such a low-key fashion, most observers might have missed the significance of her goal.
"I am so proud of Alyssa, that is such an accomplishment," said Russo, who had an assist on the historic goal. "Our whole team, we don't care who scores. We all so happy for Alyssa."
Parker, who finished the game with three goals and two assists, is closing in on the 100 career assist mark.
"One hundred goals, that's unheard of," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid. "It won't happen again in my lifetime as a coach."
The victory over Mt. Hebron clinched sole possession of the county title for Glenelg and gave the Gladiators a spot in the District V championship game Oct. 24.
"It never gets old. It's always exciting to be the county champs," Parker said.
Glenelg has won the county championship five of the last six years.
Glenelg 7, Mt. Hebron 0
Goals: G - Alyssa Parker 3, Danielle Baker 2, Emily Russo, Stephanie Asher. MH - none
Assists: G - Alyssa Parker, Emily Russo, Meghan Milani, Meagan Guthrie, Stephanie Asher.
Saves: G - Amanda Hoyt 2. MH - Maddy Fisher 11.
Halftime: Glenelg, 2-0.
Howard 4, Hammond 0
Katja Randazzo, Courtney Barnwell and Casey White each scored and assisted as Howard defeated Hammond.
"Midfielders Casey White and Courtney Barnwell stepped up in the absence of
Arielle Abrams, one of our two senior captains," said Howard coach Kristen Vance. Abrams was sick and missed the game.
Goals: Ho - Katja Randazzo 2, Courtney Barnwell, Casey White. Ha - none.
Assists: Ho - Casey White 2, Katja Randazzo, Courtney Barnwell.
Saves: Ho - Lani Sasser 1. Ha - Shannon Burt 13.
Halftime: Howard, 1-0.
Centennial 2, River Hill 1
It was Senior Game at Centennial and the seniors stepped up. "My girls played awesome," said Centennial coach Tara Fadrowski. "We dominated both halves."
An Eagle senior figured in every game statistic - Erica Heaphy and Carey Whittenberger scored goals with assists from Jackie Fasulo and Sadie Rockefeller. Keepers Caitlin Cleveland and Amanda Hendrix shared time in the cage and allowed only one goal, which came very late in the game.
Centennial got its second goal just 48 seconds before halftime.
This was Fadrowski's first win over her alma mater, River Hill.
Goals: C - Erica Heaphy, Carey Whittenberger. RH - Morgan Borkowski.
Assists: C - Jackie Fasulo, Sadie Rockefeller. RH - Pauline Shih.
Saves: C - Caitlin Cleveland 1, Amanda Hendrix 7. RH - Emily Glass 12.
Halftime: Centennial, 2-0.
Marriotts Ridge 6, Reservoir 0
Coming off Saturday's 2-0 loss to Mount de Sales, Marriotts Ridge pounced on Reservoir.
Goals: MR - Nicole Leaf 3, Molly Fleming 3. Re - none.
Assists: MR - Molly Fleming, Morgan Jones, Abigail Keefe.
Saves: MR - Sophia Hamilton 1. Re: Olivia Lynch 11.
Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 4-0.
Oakland Mills 1, Frederick 1 (2OT)
(1-1 in strokes as well)
Neither Oakland Mills nor Frederick could get a clear advantage over the other. Tied, 1-1, at the end of regulation and through two sudden-victory overtimes, the game went to one set of penalty strokes. Each team scored once, leaving the game a tie.
Oakland Mills plays Long Reach on Tuesday and finishes out its regular season with Wilde Lake on Wednesday.
Goals: OM - Miranda Neely. F - Olivia Wood.
Assists: OM - none. F - Morgan Turner.
Strokes: OM - Megan Minarcin. F - Chrissy Cunningham.
Saves: OM - Celine Manneville 5. F - Haley Tenn 3.
Atholton 3, Long Reach 0
Goals: A - Katie Mooney, Jaimie Cardea, Kelly McQuilkin. LR - none
Assists: A - Paige Fielhauer.
Saves: not available.
Halftime: Atholton, 1-0.
League standings (as of Oct. 17)
Marriotts Ridge, 8-2
Mt. Hebron, 7-3
River Hill, 7-3
Wilde Lake, 2-7
Long Reach, 2-8
Oakland Mills, 1-8
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