Give credit where it’s due.
Glenelg Country School’s defense held Mt. Carmel’s Jada Talley to a single goal Thursday afternoon.
Talley, a returning all-star in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland, had already scored 25 goals this fall. Five of those came against conference rival Indian Creek on Monday.
Unfortunately, that one goal Thursday was all Mt. Carmel needed for a shutout victory, 1-0, over Glenelg Country at Western Regional Park.
Talley struck early for the Eastern Baltimore school, about two minutes into the game, when she found herself alone at the top of the box, looking right at keeper Minahil Choudry.
“I remember (Talley) from last year,” said Glenelg Country coach Christy Mink, whose team suffered its second loss in three games. The Dragons are now 7-2 overall.
“We didn’t recover” from that early goal, she added. “We had many opportunities but we couldn’t capitalize and put the shots up that we needed to.”
The Dragons had beaten Key, 7-0, a day earlier. “Yesterday we were one (team),” Mink said. “Today we weren’t 11 strong.”
“We lost to them last year, so this is a big win for us,” said Mt. Carmel’s Amanda Simms.
Mt. Carmel is in the Red Division of the IAAM C Conference and currently in second place behind Park, which beat Glenelg Country, 4-1, last week. Talley said her team could again face Glenelg Country, which leads the C Gold division. “Today we got to see what they are about,” she said.
After Talley’s early blow, Catelyn Gamble became her shadow. “After the first goal, Catelyn really marked on her. She was everywhere with her,” said defender Megan Steeley.
Ninah Dawson also stepped up to shut down Talley, added Chloe Lewis. “Ninah stayed with her a couple times and shut her down and just took her out.”
Steeley also had an outstanding performance, shutting down Mt. Carmel threats throughout the game.
“The defense, especially Megan, played well. She had one of the best games I’ve seen her have,” said Sabrina DeLeonibus, who stood out on offense.
But Glenelg’s offense sputtered. “The touches weren’t there and the passes weren’t there,” said DeLeonibus. “Everyone was a little off.”
“It just wasn’t our game. Our shots were there but they weren’t falling. We had really good shots and the keeper had really good saves,” said Dawson, referring to Mt. Carmel keeper Katie Clark.
Glenelg’s offense had golden opportunities in the last 10 minutes. But Lewis’ shot soared over the cage, a shot by Dawson off a corner kick missed its mark, and Clark hung onto a line drive from Deja Hursey with eight minutes left. Then, with about 30 seconds left on the clock, Hursey hit another line drive, perhaps the Dragons’ best shot of the afternoon, but again Clark withstood the challenge.
“We need to play to together in the first half,” said Lewis. “The second half is usually when we show all of our heart. In the last minutes we play hard. We need to find something that makes us do that from the very start and I guarantee we can beat anybody. As a team, we are very good.”
Choudry had five saves for Glenelg Country.
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