Howard got a goal from Nia Elbeck in the first overtime period to upset Marriotts Ridge, 1-0.
Katie Cocozza played the ball over top from mid field, and the defender “misjudged” the ball which ricocheted into the path of Elbeck for a breakaway, said coach Nick Zaron. “She dribbled around the goalie and scored.”
Marriotts Ridge keeper Jenna Bergquist “made a number of great saves in the first half, a few off crosses and corner kicks,” added Zaron, whose team is now 4-3 in the county and 6-4 overall.
Marriotts Ridge “definitely came into the game tonight not at 100 percent. They were banged and bruised from the weekend tournament and from playing against Long Reach the night before,” Zaron said. “We were able to use that to our advantage. This was our only game of the week so we were fresh and ready.”
Leah Bialecki played well at center back, as did center midfielder Emma Bruzdzinski, Zaron said. “Both of our goal keepers (Liz Price and Cassidy Burns) read the game well and came off their lines to make safe plays.”
“Howard played to their strengths early on,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Robin Grey. “We struggled to adjust to the turf. Although we pulled it together and dominated play in the second half, we missed all the opportunities we created. I felt for the girls because I know they gave me everything they had.
“Howard got a break and took advantage with the play to Elbeck in overtime,” she added. “That said, having to play back-to-back definitely took its toll. Couple that with some unfortunate injuries and it made for rough night. Tomorrow, we regroup and move forward.”
Marriotts Ridge, now 5-1-1 in the county, lags behind league-leader River Hill. The Mustangs will need some help from county rivals in stopping unbeaten River Hill (7-0) if they want a piece of the county title. They go head-to-head on Oct. 12. Both have four county contests remaining.
Double digits for River Hill
Eight players scored as River Hill shut out Hammond, 10-0.
Alex Hamer and Jan Voyton both scored twice in the win, thetenth of the season for the league-leading Hawks, and Jessica Hopkins had a goal and two assists.
Hamer got the first goal of the game in the first minute of play, off an assist by Katie Arensmeier. She also scored in the second half, on an assist by Sheridan Street.
Voyton’s first goal was assisted by Callie Allen and Julia Jannetti assisted Voyton’s second.
Becca Higgins (assisted by Allen), Street (Arensmeier), Colleen McKenna (Hopkins), Hopkins (Michaela Hennessy), Emily Morris (Hopkins) and Maddie Haugh (Allie Morris) also scored.
Extra time suits Centennial
If Centennial can get to overtime, there’s a good chance the Eagles can pull off the win.
For the second straight game, Centennial won a double-overtime contest. Atholton was the victim last week. Thursday it was Long Reach, 3-2, as Ruthie Lucas headed in a cross for the game-ending shot.
Centennial, which has now won three of its last four games after going 0-4-1 in its first five games this fall, scored twice in the first half, both times on penalty kicks. Carolyn Eichhorn got both goals.
Centennial’s first opportunity came when Reese Western got around her defender and was tripped in the box. Eichhorn took the kick – and a re-kick awarded when officials ruled an opponent was in the box early -- and buried it in the corner.
Thirteen minutes later, Western was tripped again. Eichhorn buried this penalty kick one as well. Western, a freshman, “deserves a lot of credit for putting Long Reach under pressure many times throughout the game. She also earned at least three corners with her work along the end line,” Baxter said.
Long Reach also had a penalty kick in the first half. Keeper Lindsay Davis made the save.
Long Reach rallied in the second half with “intense play and precise passing,” said coach Erik Sandersen. Sixty-four minutes into the game, Kristen Fawole converted a penalty kick -- the fourth awarded in the game -- and four minutes later Fawole put home a header off a cross from Heather Glasser to force the game into overtime.
Midway through the second extra frame, Centennial scored off a cross. Eichhorn “sent the corner in and it was headed right back to her. She sent it back into the box” and Lucas headed it in for the win.
“I am extremely proud of all of our players who fought hard to recover from 2-0 halftime deficits two days in a row, only to fall short by one goal each time,” Sandersen said, referring to a 2-1 loss to Marriotts Ridge a day earlier. Last week, Long Reach needed a second overtime period to beat Howard. “We will look to grow from these frustrating outcomes and work hard to create positive outcomes in the weeks ahead.”
Baxter praised the play of Long Reach’s Fawole and Ana Rezaba. “They are an amazing combination up top. This is the toughest pair in the county. They are always a threat to make something out of nothing to score a goal. I was very impressed with their play.”
Centennial is 3-5-1 overall and 3-3 in the county. Long Reach is 6-4 and 4-3.