Marriotts Ridge held Glenelg scoreless for almost 48 minutes to no avail Friday afternoon. With a pair of goals from Meghan Milani and one each from Meagan Guthrie and Alyssa Parker — all in the first 12 minutes of the game — Glenelg had plenty of cushion to withstand the Mustangs defensive pressure en route to a 4-1 victory
Marriotts Ridge, which dominated play much of the second half, received its only goal from Brooke Sharbaugh.
"The whole offensive line brought the ball up. I think Bri Henlon hit it in (to the circle) and I kind of scooped up," Sharbaugh said. "Our first half we kind of got out of our system. They are a really intimidating team and in the second half we were able to relax and play how we normally play."
"Like Miss Kincaid always says, every team is gunning for us," said Glenelg midfielder Mary Kate Olson. Glenelg returned most of the squad that won county, region and the Class 2A state title last year.
"Marriotts Ridge wanted it (to win) and we did, too," Olson said.
"We came out here to do our best," said Marriotts Ridge senior Anne Zabel. "There wasn't anything to lose because they are already at the highest. (Glenelg is ranked No. 1 in the Baltimore area by the Baltimore Sun.) We wanted to beat them so badly.
"We played amazing and (the second half) might have been the best we've ever played together," Zabel continued.
"The girls were very determined," said Marriotts Ridge coach Stacie Gado. "Obviously, we've been talking about this since Day 1. The girls feel that they have the best team right now that Marriotts Ridge has ever had. …They're disappointed but we know we have the potential to play against state champions."
"We thought we were ready for them and we came out strong," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid. "We respect them and it's always a tough game when we play."
The two teams could see each other in the regional playoffs. River Hill, which won the Class 3A state title last year, is also in the same region.
Goals: G – Meghan Milani 2, Meagan Guthrie, Alyssa Parker. MR – Brooke Sharbaugh.
Assists: G – Alyssa Parker, Danielle Baker. MR – Bri Hanlon
Saves: G – Amanda Hoyt 2. MR – Sophia Hamilton 11.
Halftime: Glenelg, 4-0.
Wilde Lake 3, Hammond 0
What a September it has been — an earthquake, a hurricane, a storm that dumped 10 inches of rain on Columbia and Wilde Lake scored a goal. Three, in fact.
"We were all very excited," said Wilde Lake coach Lindsey Startt. "We played as a team and we won as a team. Everybody played to her potential."
The Wildecats hadn't scored a goal since the last game of the 2009 regular season. That's a span of 14 shutouts. And the victory over Hammond snaps a 17-game losing streak.
Goals: WL - Jenny Keller, Adrianna Shoemaker, Brittany Kuntz. Ha - none.
Assists: WL - Amanda Lefkowitz, Brittany Kuntz.