Centennial paid the price for coming off a string of less challenging games.
“We were slow at the beginning,” said Centennial senior Kay Kelly after Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to River Hill. “We just needed to go to the ball.”
River Hill didn’t allow much time to stand around and watch.
“I thought we played really well,” said River Hill’s Emily Marlatt. “We definitely capitalized on our urgency in the circle, which is really good. We just hustled and used our skills.”
It was Centennial’s second county loss and knocks the Eagles out of what was a four- way tie at the top of the county standings.
Now there are three at the top — Mt. Hebron, Marriotts Ridge and Glenelg. All have 6-1 records.
Centennial, River Hill and Atholton stand at 5-2 with four league games to play.
Erin Barker and Marlatt both scored first-half goals to give River Hill a cushion to help withstand Centennial’s second-half effort.
“When you are up against a team that is beating you to every single ball and they are getting touches and making passes, you get caught back on your heels a little bit, and it’s OK. It’s a learning experience and it was nice to see my team come back and play a lot stronger in the second half,” said Centennial coach Tara Carr.
River Hill kept Margaret Maclean, Centennial’s top scorer, from getting many quality touches on the ball.
Kelly, a midfielder, tried to carry the Eagles on her shoulders.
“Kay’s my workhorse,” Carr said. “She’s the one making sure the job is getting done whether in the defensive circle or the offensive circle. Without her we’d be an entirely different team.”
Emily Hamburger got River Hill’s final goal.
“Every win’s a big win,” said River Hill’s Dani Schwab. “It’s all about progress and getting to the best level we can and getting ready for playoffs.
Both teams had their regular starting goalies back in the lineup. Centennial’s Anna Cosentino (four saves) and River Hill’s Sierra Kelly (six saves) missed recent games due to injury.
River Hill 3, Centennial 0
Goals: RH – Erin Barker, Emily Marlatt, Emily Hamburger. C – none.
Assists: RH – Maggie Connors, Emily Hamburger.
Saves: RH – Sierra Kelly 6. C – Anna Cosentino 4.
Halftime: River Hill, 2-0.
Atholton 11, Wilde Lake 2
Rachel Day had five goals and Jen Bleakney had three goals and two assists, as Atholton defeated Wilde Lake.
Bridget Cavanaugh scored both Wilde Lake goals. One came on a penalty stroke; the other was assisted by first-year player Faith Taylor.
Atholton outshot Wilde Lake, 39-3, but the Wildecats made a higher percentage of their attempts.
Goals: A – Rachel Day 5, Jen Bleakney 3, Mollie Belson, Faryn Katz, Haley Kantor. WL – Bridget Cavanaugh 2.
Assists: A – Jen Bleakney 2, Faryn Katz, Mollie Belson. WL – Faith Taylor.
Saves: A – Emily Clinch 2. WL – Paige Boyer 27.
Halftime: Atholton, 8-0.
Mt. Hebron 9, Hammond 0
Tianna Wallpher and Molly Bishop each had three goals as Mt. Hebron overwhelmed Hammond, 9-0. Hammond goalie Greer Guzzone made 12 saves in the game.
Goals: MH – Tianna Wallpher 3 Molly Bishop 3, Monica Linn, Katie Anderson, Chachi Kelehan. Ha – none
Assists: MH – Tianna Wallpher, Monica Linn, Hannah Scheid, Emma Miller.
Saves: MH – Chachi Kelehan 0, Sarah Seen 0. Ha – Greer Guzzone 12.
Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 6-0.
Marriotts Ridge 10, Long Reach 0
Long Reach goalkeeper Nicole Cote had 21 saves, but Marriotts Ridge still scored 10 goals in shutting out the Lightning. Jasmine Williams, Anastacia Topaltzas, Maddie Courtney and Keally Ingersoll all put in two goals for the Mustangs.
Goals: MR – Jasmine Williams 2, Anastacia Topaltzas 2, Keally Ingersoll 2, Maddie Courtney 2, Shannon Larson, Jenna Kerr. LR – none.
Assists: MR – Jenna Kerr 3, Maddie Courtney 2, Joan Condron, Allie McAuley.
Saves: MR – Sophia Hamilton 0. LR – Nicole Cote 21.
Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 3-0.
Glenelg 3, Towson 0
Goals: G – Stephanie Asher, Morgan Philie, Molly Milani. T – none.
Assists: G – Megan Taylor, Morgan Philie.
Saves: G – Amanda Hoyt 2. T – Jones 4.
Halftime: Glenelg, 1-0.
Reservoir at Howard
Due to a scheduling conflict the Reservoir/Howard game has been moved to Oct. 2 at Howard.
“We just found out today,” said Reservoir coach Lindsay Beil. The game will be played on Howard’s stadium field, she said.
Standings (as of Oct. 1)
Marriotts Ridge, 6-1, 9-1
Mt. Hebron, 6-1, 9-1
Glenelg, 6-1, 8-2
Atholton, 5-2, 6-2
River Hill, 5-2, 6-3
Centennial, 5-2, 6-4
Long Reach, 3-4. 5-5
Howard, 2-4, 2-4
Reservoir, 2-4, 3-6
Hammond, 1-6, 1-7
Oakland Mills, 0-7, 2-8
Wilde Lake, 0-7, 0-8
Glenelg Country, 3-2 IAAM B, 3-3