It took Mount de Sales nearly the entire season before the Sailors won an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference soccer game last year.
Mount de Sales didn't have to wait long for its first league victory this season.
The Sailors won their league and season opener Wednesday afternoon, using speed, strength and skill to take a 5-2 victory over Bryn Mawr in Catonsville.
Junior midfielder Grace Smoot scored two goals to lead the winners.
"It was a great start," said Mount de Sales coach James Dubyoski, whose team went 1-9-1 last year. "This is a season that they expect to be winning games and to take their game to other teams. They are working very hard to do that."
It was difficult for Mount de Sales to slow down Bryn Mawr senior forward and University of Michigan-bound Danielle Hogarth, who scored two goals after totaling four in the Mawrtians' season-opening 4-3 win over St. Mary's five days earlier.
"She is a very strong player and it was an adjustment for us defensively to cover her and pressure her adequately," Dubyoski said. "It was weakness for us throughout the game."
Mount de Sales was up for the game and it showed early in the first half when the Sailors tested Bryn Mawr junior goalkeeper Teresa Norman (eight saves).
Dubyoski's daughter Jessie kicked a low shot past Norman, who is a first-year starter, replacing injured Loyola University Maryland recruit Zoe Derrickson (concussion), inside the far post in the seventh minute.
Three minutes later, Allie Doherty gave Mount de Sales a 2-0 lead on a shot to the upper right corner.
"We were just very disorganized in the first half," Bryn Mawr coach Tina Steck said. "We weren't putting enough pressure on the ball. We weren't compact enough, and that's what really hurt us in the first half."
Hogarth cut the lead to 2-1 in the 16th minute, getting behind a defender and beating goalie Sydney Hunter.
About six minutes later, Thersea Sarver headed in Jacqueline Clauser's corner kick.
Smoot had her first of two goals early in the second half and finished the scoring in the 70th minute.
Hogarth converted a penalty kick midway through the half to account for her team's other goal.