Atholton’s Katie Mooney’s goal in the second half, assisted by Brianna Stine, was the deciding factor in a 3-2 victory over Mt Hebron Monday afternoon.
It was the first win for the Raiders over the Vikings since 2009 and extended their winning streak to seven on the season.
“I’m so proud of our team,” Stine said. “Coach Martie (Dyer) has been talking since preseason that we are underestimated and we’re the team to beat and I feel like today we really proved ourselves.”
There was quite a bit of play in the midfield, especially within the first 10 minutes of the first half. Atholton managed to push through Mt Hebron’s defense to earn more scoring opportunities but wasn’t able to convert until about 13 minutes in.
Off a corner, Stine put the Raiders on the board as she redirected Jen Bleakney’s shot past keeper Maddie Fisher (14 saves).
Mt Hebron had a few opportunities. One fast break was denied thanks to an incredible defensive save by Gina D’Asto.
Atholton would score off another corner with seconds left on the clock in the first half.
Mt Hebron found a new wind, much like they did in Friday’s victory, in the second half. They scored one minute in when Tianna Wallpher found the back of the cage. Atholton answered back exactly three minutes later with Mooney’s tally. The Vikings scored on a corner of their own when Haley Sutton had a beautiful deflection up and around keeper Emily Clinch (6 saves).
The final 20 minutes ticked by without a goal from either team.
The Raiders outshot the Vikings 34-9 and held an 8-2 advantage in corners.
Coach Dyer says her team is trying to stay in the moment.
“We’re just taking it one day at a time,” she said. “We’re not looking ahead to anyone or anything. We’re just trying to get better and better each game so that by the end of the season we are right where we need to be.”
Atholton 3, Mt Hebron 2
Goals: A: Stine, Day, Mooney; MTH: Wallpher, Sutton
Assists: A: Stine 2, Bleakney; MTH: Brookhart
Saves: A: Clinch 6; MTH: Fisher 14
Half: 2-0 AHS.
River Hill 11, Hammond 0
Kat Varga had four goals and three assists as she returns full force from an injury. Angie Arensmeier also tallied four goals. Bears’ goalie Shannon Burt made 17 saves in the loss.
Goals: RH: Arensmeier 4, Varga 4, Balimtas, Borkowski, Hamburger.