The Atholton squad maintains that it is a force to be reckoned with in the Howard County field hockey scene as they dominated Centennial with an 8-1 victory Monday. Rachel Day garnered the game-winning goal just 13 minutes into the first half and there was no looking back after that.
Centennial came out strong. Four minutes into the game the Eagles were awarded a free position just outside their offensive 25-yard line. Kay Kelly put the ball in play with a self-pass and dodged two players in order to make her way to the circle. Once there, she wound up and shot to score the first goal of the game.
Centennial's good feeling would last only 40 seconds. Atholton received the center pass, moved down the field to draw a corner. Briana Stine inserted to Jen Bleakney who let it rip past goalie Anna Cosentino (22 saves) to even it up.
Ten minutes later Day collected the ball in front of the cage to score. Stine and Kelly McQuilkin would each add one more Atholton goal before the half.
The second half lacked energy from both teams. Atholton would score four more times, one each from Day, Bleakney, Stine and Claire Graybeal. Centennial's Margaret Maclean created several opportunities in the Eagles' offensive circle, however, not one resulted in a goal.
"Our team stuck together really well. We could've stepped it up a bit more, but overall I'm proud of how we played" Maclean said. "We had opportunities, but their defense stepped up really well."
Eagles' coach Tara Fadrowski added, "We didn't have ideal circumstances going into this game (a game Friday, Homecoming Saturday, game Monday). I'm happy with the first 10 minutes where our intensity resulted in a goal. After that, however, they beat us to the ball and we couldn't maintain possession defensively."
The Raiders are flying high as entering the fourth week of competition as one of only two undefeated teams (Glenelg, which did not play Monday, is the other).
Bleakney said, "We're doing really well. They scored first, but we were able to regain control. It made us down at first, but we were able to use it as inspiration to play even stronger."
"It went really well. We played as a team and followed our plan of attack," Atholton coach Martie Dyer said. "Our forwards backed up each other and we maintained constant pressure. Everyone was involved."
Atholton 8, Centennial 1
Goals: A — Bleakney 2, Day 2, Stine 2, McQuilkin, Graybeal. C — Kelly.
Assists: A — Stine, McQuilkin 2, Bleakney 2, Cardea. C — none.
Saves: A — Clinch 10. C — Cosentino 22.
Halftime: Atholton, 4-1.
Mt Hebron 10, Reservoir 0
Three's the charm! Lauren Schaaf, Haley Sutton and Tianna Wallpher each had a hat trick as Mt. Hebron defeated Reservoir, 10-0.
Goals: MH — Schaaf 3, Sutton 3, Wallpher 3, Unkenholz. Re — none.
Assists: MH — Sutton 2, Linn, Brookhart, Bishop. Re — none.
Saves: MH — Fisher 3, Seitz 4. Re — Lynch 19.
Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 5-0.
River Hill 4, Oakland Mills 0
Goals: RH — A. Thielemann 2, Schwab, Balimtas. OM — none.
Assists: RH — Arensmeier 3. OM — none.
Saves: RH — Valdesusu 0. OM — Manneville 8.
Marriotts Ridge 5, Wilde Lake 0
Goals: MR — Williams 2, Sharbaugh, Kerr, Berdy WL — none.
Assists: MR — Williams, Kerr, Courtney, Biegel, Leaf WL — none.
Saves: MR — Hamilton 4 WL — Sudduth 12.
Standings (as of Monday, Sept. 24)
Atholton, 5-0 county, 5-1 overall
Glenelg, 4-0, 5-1
Howard, 4-1, 6-1
Mt Hebron, 4-1, 6-1
River Hill, 3-1, 6-1
Marriotts Ridge, 3-2, 5-3
Long Reach, 2-3, 4-4
Centennial, 2-3, 2-6
Wilde Lake, 1-3, 1-3
Oakland Mills, 0-5, 1-5
Hammond, 0-4, 0-5
Reservoir, 0-5, 0-8
Glenelg Country, 2-1 (IAAM B), 3-2