Callie Allen

River Hill senior Callie Allen makes a pass in the first half against Reservoir on Sept. 10. The Hawks defeated the Gators 1-0. (Matt Owings/BSMG / September 10, 2013)

After starting the season with two consecutive losses, River Hill girls soccer got on track Tuesday by defeating visiting Reservoir 1-0.

With just over four minutes remaining, junior forward Alex Hamer took a pass from sophomore Jessica Hopkins and netted the game’s only score.

Hamer said her goal was crucial to building her team’s confidence going forward, especially after a slow start to the year.

“We had been dominating the second half, and getting that goal just secured it,” she said. “It gives us the first W, so we can just keep winning from there.”

Reservoir coach Josh Sullivan said he was proud of the way his team stacked up against the defending 3A state champs.

“All in all, we played really strong for about 70 minutes,” he said. “Defensively, I thought we were extremely strong. We did a great job dealing with Sheridan (Street) and Alex (Hamer).

“We just didn’t get that extra touch up top,” he said.

Citing corner kicks and finishing long runs as things his team needs to work on, the Gators’ coach said he was excited for a competitive season in Howard County.

River Hill coach Brian Song said his team "played average" in the county opener.

“I told them to ask themselves, ‘Why did I decide to play in the last 15 minutes of the ballgame,’” he said of his team’s performance.

Still, the coach said his team will improve.

“Our philosophy always is that you don’t want to peak in the second week of September,” he said. “I want to start peaking in the third week of October. That’s our goal.”

Senior Sheridan Street agreed, saying her team will only get better as the season progresses.

“We have a few things we have to work on,” she said. “We’ll improve with every game.”

Street, who did not play in River Hill’s loss to Bishop O’Connell on Saturday, said it was good to get back out on the field and get a win.

“I was sad not to be there last time, and I felt like I let my team down,” she said. “Being able to contribute was great.”

River Hill’s Julia Caine and Reservoir’s Abby Gillum each had five saves in the net.

Atholton loses back-to-back at home

After losing 3-0 on Monday against visiting South River, the Raiders dropped another home game, this time to Mt. Hebron 4-2.

Kelly Richards had two goals for the Vikings, while Jen Giles and Karoline Milan added one score each.