The Scorpions lost to eventual county champion Centennial with three games remaining in the season. After scoring first and taking a 1-0 advantage into the half, Oakland Mills couldn't hold off the Eagles, who responded with two, second-half goals.
Glenelg finished the fall with a 9-2 record in the county and amassed an overall mark of 9-2-1. Most notably, the girls ended their season with a draw against traditional soccer power Archbishop Spalding.
This year, the girls were coached in tandem by the father and daughter team of Rick and Janice Rollyson. Janice, a former Glenelg soccer player, happily rejoined the program as an assistant to her father along the sidelines.
On the field, the Gladiators were led by sophomore co-captains Rachel Nichols and Lindsey Mazer. Rachel had another outstanding season, dominating the field from various positions. Her relentless hustle and infectious work ethic on the field did not go unnoticed. She joined the varsity team prior to the playoffs, in order to assist the team against Spalding.
Mazer was the team's starting goalkeeper and her natural command of the goal and her ability to successfully orchestrate the defensive line eventually earned her a spot as the starting goalkeeper for varsity before season's end.
Ciara Brathwaite, Sami Smith, Savannah Holt and Rachel Johnson were also selected to join the varsity squad for postseason play. In all, there were a total of eleven sophomores on the team. Their leadership and contributions to the team played a major role in the squad's success.
Working hard alongside the sophomores were nine talented freshmen. In the backfield, Paige Johnson, Chelsea Henggeler and Coral Price protected the goal with a solid defensive effort. In coordination with the defense, outside midfielder Maddi Stepherson skillfully distributed balls from the flank to the team's power-kicking striker, Audrey Ford.
"Overall, the team's seamless execution on the field made it seem like they had been playing together for years," coach Rick Rollyson said. "The girls posed many challenges for their opponents, despite their opponent's efforts. The team's record is a testament to their passion for the game and to their incredible ability to play as one, with one goal and one heart."
Led by freshman forward Grace Regal, Howard was able to amass a 9-3-2 overall record, including an 8-2-1 mark in county play.
Regal used a combination of speed and skill to lead the Lions in several offensive categories. Freshman Ella Orzechowski was the team's leading scorer with 13 goals for the season. Classmate Katie Schluederberg was a primary playmaker, controlling the pace of the game with composure and control in the center of the field.
Sophomore keeper Marisa Grant was limited by injuries, but only allowed two goals during her play in county games. As a captain, Grant proved to be a leader on and off the field and was the motivational leader of the team.
"Our 2-1 win over River Hill was a huge victory for the team," coach Sam White said. "We knew it would be a challenging game, as River Hill had not been scored on at the time and it was an away game. Both teams fought hard for the entire game and both goals were a team effort. We were extremely proud of this win, as it was a culmination of the teamwork and skills that we had been practicing all season."
The dynamic duo of Maura McNeil and Jenna Boulin had a foot in over 80 percent of Marriotts Ridge's goals this season - either through scoring or assisting.
The Mustangs (6-5-1) were led by Alex Hinkle and Katie Wardle on the defensive end of the field. The pair controlled a very inexperienced backline and helped the team shut out several opponents.
The biggest win for Marriotts Ridge came when Boulin scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over previously undefeated Howard. Another high point was the team's win over Centennial in the final regular season game.
Mt. Hebron found success this season, one which will be remembered as being filled with consistent defense and inconsistent offense.
The Vikings (7-2-3 overall, 6-2-3 in the county) started the season by scoring eight goals while giving up only one through the first three games. However, the team hit a rough patch over the next four matches going 1-2-1.
Against River Hill, Mt. Hebron fell apart and gave up four goals. During that four-game stretch, the team couldn't find the back of the net for over 270 minutes.
Luckily for the Vikings, their defense stepped up. With the exception of the game against River Hill, no other team scored more than one goal as they finished the season with six shutouts through 12 games.