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.
"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.
The play of defender Lindsey Dewey, middie Kelly Jones and keeper Maddy Fisher helped Mt. Hebron hold Marriotts Ridge at bay.
Marriotts Ridge's victory, combined with River Hill's win over Howard, puts the Mustangs in second place in the county standings behind undefeated Glenelg. Mt. Hebron, Howard and River Hill each have two losses.
"You learn better when you lose," said Mt. Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland. "We knew they would bottle us up on the right side …We have got to finish."
This is the second year Marriotts Ridge has beaten Mt. Hebron. Last year the game went to double overtime, Ireland said.
Goals: MR - Nicole Leaf. MH - none.
Saves: MR - Sophia Hamilton 4. MH - Maddy Fisher 6.
Halftime: tied, 0-0.
River Hill 2, Howard 0
Nina Collins had both River Hill goals as the Hawks handed Howard its second loss of the week. Both tallies came in the second half.
Howard goalie Lani Sasser saved a penalty stroke to keep the game tied, 0-0. She had 11 saves for the day.
Goals: RH - Nina Collins 2. Ho - none.
Assists: RH - Leyla Balimtas, Morgan Borkowski.
Saves: RH - Emily Glass 7. Ho - Lani Sasser 11.
Halftime: tied 0-0.
Centennial 4, Hammond 1
Goals: C - Erica Heaphy 2, Alex Stroud 2. Ha - Hadiya Hewitt.
Assists: C - Alex Stroud, Anna Kelly, Kay Kelly. Ha - none.
Saves: C - Caitlin Cleveland 1. Ha - Shannon Burt 15.
Halftime: Centennial, 3-0.
Atholton 2, Reservoir 0
Goals: A - Paige Fielhauer, Sheila O'Malley. Re - none.
Saves: A - Camille Bulte 3. Re - Olivia Lynch 5.
Halftime: Atholton, 1-0.
Glenelg defeated Oakland Mills
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