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Jenna Kerr, left, has her shot kicked away by Mt. Hebron goalkeeper Maddy Fisher as teammates Gabriella D'Angelo and Lindsey Dewey, right, help defend. Marriotts Ridge won the game, 1-0. (Photo courtesy of Renee Bishop, Patuxent Publishing / October 6, 2011)

After a scoreless first half, Lexie Briscoe put Long Reach on the scoreboard in Thursday's game against Wilde Lake.

"I called a time out with 12 or 13 minutes left and I just laid it out there (to my team). If they wanted to win, they had to get it done and they did," said Wilde Lake coach Lindsey Startt.

Brittany Kuntz got the game equalizer then put in the game-winner with 6 minutes left to play.

Long Reach tried to knot the score again, but was unsuccessful.

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"Long Reach is a very competitive team," Startt said.

"We've had some growing pains this season but think we are finally working as a team and I was very pleased with them today," she added.

Wilde Lake 2, Long Reach 1

Goals: WL - Brittany Kuntz 2. LR - Lexie Briscoe.

Assists: WL - Jenny Keller. LR - Ashlet Trotta.

Saves: WL - Krina Suddeth 5. LR - Taylor Burfiend 3.

Halftime: tied, 0-0.


Marriotts Ridge 1, Mt. Hebron 0

Nicole Leaf said she had one thing on her mind as the ball came across the mouth of the goal toward her. "Ball. Ball. Ball."

Leaf tapped the ball across the goal line and her score held up as Marriotts Ridge defeated Mt. Hebron, 1-0.

"This is such a big game for us," Leaf said "We love playing Mt. Hebron because they are so good."

Although Mt. Hebron dominated the first half, the Vikings couldn't put the finishing touch on any of their shots and the game was a scoreless tie at the half.

During the break Marriotts Ridge made several slight adjustments when helped the Mustangs get advantage in the second half. One adjustment was moving Leaf from left mid to left wing.

Jasmine Williams and Megan Tuma provided a boost to the Mustangs' midfield when they came into the game.

"They both have speed and endurance," said Marriotts Ridge coach Stacie Gado.