The early part of the season was moving along quite nicely for the Hereford girls soccer team until Perry Hall ruined it Thursday.

The Gators handed Hereford a 5-0 loss at Perry Hall as senior striker Maria Ambridge scored twice. 

The game was halted with 13:20 remaining in the second half because of lightning and will not be resumed.

"We came out extremely flat and allowed two goals (in the first 14 minutes)," said Hereford coach Brad Duvall, whose team opened with a 2-1 win over John Carroll and a 4-1 triumph over Eastern Tech. "It got us down and we never recovered from it."

Perry Hall (2-1) put a bundle of pressure on Hereford's defense of Melissa Meehling, Marilyn Gerovasilis, Sam Hooker and Alysse Gapsis and goalie Giuliana Rossi in the first half, out shooting the Bulls 9-1.

Sofia Perzen's shot from the right corner was saved by Rossi early in the first half, but when the ball bounced out, Ambridge kicked it in for a 1-0 lead early in the first half.

Rachel Bohli had Perry Hall's second goal, scoring on a shot that went through Rossi's hands in the 14th minute.

The Gators pushed their lead to 3-0 in the 33rd minute on Genie Lent's bullet shot.

Hereford had only one shot in the first half and Sarah Ashwood's attempt was easily saved by Maggie Lent.

Ambridge and Fitch added second-half goals.

"We wanted to improve from our game against Catonsville,"  Perry Hall coach Rick Testerman said of the 2-0 loss to the Comets on Tuesday.  "That was the object of today. We started out well today and we finished pretty good."