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.
Richards also had an assist in the win.
Emma Johnson and Devon Bodziony each scored for Atholton.
Darcey Bodziony had seven saves for the Raiders, while Mt. Hebron’s Anna Pallozzi had six.
Marriotts Ridge edges Glenelg on the road 1-0
Alexis Zadjura had the game’s lone goal with just over 14 minutes remaining in the first half.
“The ball was placed beautifully in the far corner,” said coach Robin Grey about the goal.
Grey explained that a rivalry has developed between the Mustangs and Gladiators.
“In the past when we’ve matched up early in the season, we knew we would see each other again in the playoffs,” said Grey. “We were fortunate enough to capitalize on our opportunities.”
Jenna Bergquist had 12 saves for Marriotts Ridge.
Centennial victorious at Howard 3-1
The Eagles were led offensively by Megan Oliver’s two goals. Anna Mitchell had one goal and two assists. Reese Western added an assist.
Coach Steve Baxter said his team played well for most of the first half, but failed to capitalize on many opportunities throughout the game.
“We played a very good game tonight against a pretty strong team in Howard,” he said. “They have a lot of talent. We were able to make a couple of adjustments from our last game and implement them very successfully tonight.
“From a coaching perspective, that is very gratifying,” he said.
Howard’s goal came with late in the first half, as Sarah Cocozza scored off a corner kick.
“We definitely will use this game as a learning point, and will go back to work tomorrow at practice and prepare for Thursday’s game against Bel Air,” said Howard coach Nick Zaron.
Long Reach defeats visiting Oakland Mills 2-0
Leah Jordan and Madison Burfeind scored for the Lightning, who move to 2-0 on the season.
“Rachel Kim controlled the ball on the dribble in the midfield and created some chances for our forwards,” said Lightning coach Erik Sandersen. Oakland Mills’ defense was “stout,” according to the coach.
Wilde Lake hammers Hammond 5-0
Rachel Lazris had a goal and two assists for the Wildecats. Sarah Hulit scored off a pass from Alyssa Bialek, Becca Riley’s assist led to a Carliane LaGuerre score and Nijah Richardson added a goal and assist as well.
“It was really great,” said coach Davia Procida. “We did not play well this weekend and we all knew it. Yesterday, we sat down and set goals. (Today) we played 80 minutes of soccer. I was very pleased.”
Lauren Huchinson and Julia Crowe each had four saves for the Wildecats in the win.
Glenelg Country scores big in 5-1 win against visiting Baltimore Lutheran
Chloe Lewis had two goals and three assists, Deja Hursey had two goals, Sabrina DeLeonibus had one goal and Catelyn Gamble had an assist for the Dragons.
Karli Lawrence had two saves in the win.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun