"As always, it is such a pleasure to work with a group of positive, supportive and pleasant young ladies," he said.

Though Oakland Mills (0-11, 0-13) did not have a great season on paper, coach Taylor Stetka said her squad was successful in other areas of the game.

A low turnout at the beginning of fall tryouts forced the Scorpions to tweak their mindset heading into the regular season.

"We had to adjust our goals to…a team that consisted of girls who, for the majority, had never played soccer before," Stetka said.


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Throughout the season, the Scorpions coach said the team improved drastically. Even though goals against per game ranged from one to eight, sophomore keeper Emily Yarn kept her team in many games with her efforts in the net.

Other important Oakland Mills players included sophomore sweeper Lyndsey Bruce and freshman defender Deirdre Adson.

"While it is true we did not win any games or even score any goals, the girls had an incredible determination and spirit," Stetka said. "No matter the score, the girls never gave up, which I found quite commendable."

The Reservoir Gators — winners of nine games this season — finished second in the county, just behind Atholton.

Coaches John and George Hermina entered their eighth season at the helm of the JV program.

"We were pleased to see so many of our talented players — like Dana Gillum, Kayla Pindell, Tina Gray, Mary Dudzinski and Leah Simmons — graduate our program and move onto varsity," said George Hermina. Upon being called up, these players made an immediate impact on the varsity level.

In her first playoff game, Pindell's goal against Atholton helped the Gators move onto the regional semifinals.

For those who stayed behind, the defense especially was left in good hands. Callie Beattie, Alex Sadzewicz, Bethany Golatt and Caroline Bryant anchored the back line.

"Sophia Elky was an excellent fullback who participated in the attack and provided goal-scoring opportunities," John Hermina added.

Both coaches also praised the play of midfielders Holland Burkett, Cassidy Pham, Kelly Sullivan, Olivia Atkinson and Maddie Petrusky.

Freshmen Madi Pepe, Lilly LaFemina, and Juliet King, were crucial to the Gators' success as well.

"We had an amazing class of freshmen this season," said Coach George Hermina, adding that "the footwork of Brooke Russ was amazing to watch" and "Shelly Ignacio was the ultimate opportunist on attack."

Both coaches also said that the leadership from captain Maria Janush was important.

The Gators scored 34 goals on the year.

Natalie Ryan and Kara Siglin led River Hill (6-2-4 county) as team captains on the year.

Leading scorers for the Hawks were Ryan (4), Naomi Carter (4), Natalie Zakel (4), Molly Hennessy (3) and Bridget Frankhauser (3).