Freshman goalie Natalie Kroder finished the season with a save percentage of 75 percent, despite having never played the position before the first day of tryouts.

In the Eagles' first match on a turf field, they lost a two-goal lead to Howard, which knotted the score late. In the last ten minutes of the game, the Eagles broke through and scored. Howard pressured to get the goal back, but Centennial's defense held strong and finished off the win.

"The team rushed Kroder at the end of the game and gave her a huge bear hug," Grimm said. "It was such an exciting win. Everyone was a part of that 'W.' "

Glenelg finished its season without a single loss, going 10-0-2 overall and 9-0-2 in county play.


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Maisy Haney was the Gladiators' leading scorer with 14 goals and 5 assists. Olivia Geist had 13 goals and 4 assists, while Stephanie Forester had 11 goals and 7 assists.

Grace Perry, Kayla Tatum, Anna McAuliffe, Mia Astran, Monica Chaisson and Caroline Esmond played a huge role defensively on the team, which was comprised of 21 "talented and athletic players" who put in an enormous amount of hard work and dedication into this season.

"One of the highlights of the season was the Mt. Hebron game. The team worked together as a whole, played together and won, 2-1," coach Joanne Reid said. "Maisey Haney and Olivia Geist both scored a goal."

While in the final standings the season may have seemed to be unsuccessful, the opposite was true on the field for Glenelg Country School.

The Dragons, who finished 0-7-1 overall and 0-5-0 in conference play, had a roster that included nine returning sophomores who showed exceptional growth from their rookie seasons.

Led by captains Koko Etokebe, Olivia Dwelley and Shagun Kathuria, the sophomore class increased their field sense, passing and communication skills greatly over the course of the season.

Freshman Sophia Kalaris proved that the program's tradition of strong goalkeeping would continue for many years with her play this season. Classmates Gabi Hernandez and Erin Jack were key contributors.

A season highlight included a shutout tie against the JV squad from IAAM A-conference powerhouse, Garrison Forest.

With nine freshmen, including the team's starting goalie, it was a rebuilding year for Howard. The Lions finished their season with an 8-4 overall record, including an 8-3 county mark.

Freshman Nicole Keller led the team with 11 goals, including an overtime score against Marriotts Ridge. Sophomore captain Allyson Sloan had two goals and seven assists. Sophomore midfielder Rosey O'Connor was a leader on and off the field, while scoring five times. Freshman Marissa Penn tallied five goals and added an assist.

Cloe Dixon (five goals) and Anjelica Yueng (two goals) were the leading scorers for a Long Reach team that went 1-10 in the county and 3-10 overall.

In her first year playing field hockey, keeper Marissa Lee had a save percentage of .670 while stopping 99 shots for the Lightning, which had just seven players show up to tryouts. By the end of the season, the team finished with 15 girls, some of whom had never even played a sport before.

"Our ending record says nothing about how much the girls have improved this season," said coach Kelly Filipowicz. "They have become stronger, faster and more experienced. The girls never gave up and gave 100 percent every day."

Captain Kim Pelton was named the team's MVP because she proved to be one of the most versatile players on the field and Caroline LaGow earned defensive MVP from her sweeper position.

Sophomore Maria Packard was one of the top scorers in the county this season, finishing with 15 goals for Mt. Hebron. The Vikings were 6-5-1 overall and 6-4-1 in league play.

Hannah Schied also finished in double-digit scoring with 10 goals, while Katie Anderson added seven goals and six assists. Freshman Natalie Fyock also had a strong season, notching five goals and seven assists.