Chalk up a fourth-straight win for unbeaten Glenelg Country School.
Deja Hursey had three goals and Chloe Lewis two to lead the Dragons to an 8-1 win over Beth Tfiloh. Glenelg Country is now 4-0 overall and in the C Conference of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland.
Sabrina DeLeonibus, Sammi Weiner and Haley Toomer had single goals, and Catelyn Gamble had one assist. Glenelg Country had a 3-1 lead at the half.
Minahil Choudry allowed one goal and saved another in the win.
Scoring spree nets Howard win
Howard evened its county record to 2-2 with a 3-1 win over Centennial. All three of the Lions' goals came in the last 15 minutes of the first half.
"It was 3-0 at halftime, but the game was much closer than the score showed," said Howard's coach Nick Zaron. "Centennial was all over us the first 15 minutes, hitting the cross bar once and just barely missing the goal on a few long shots that nearly went over.
"We started off slow. I think we were adjusting to the field (at Centennial). Yesterday we played on turf, and to switch to grass is definitely tough," he added, referring to a 4-3 win over Bel Air on Wednesday. "Once when we figured out how to get the game going and playing more direct, we were much more dangerous."
Dana Wheeler put Howard's first goal on the scoreboard after following up on a shot by Nia Elbeck who hit the far post. "Dana was crashing the goal and was in the right spot at the right time," said Zaron.
Hannah Weaver scored unassisted on a lofting high shot late in the first period. "That really changed the complexion of the last six minutes and we were back on our heels," said Centennial coach Steve Baxter.
With 45 second left, Howard connected passes for its final goal, with defender Sasha Brown playing a long ball down the line to Weaver who crossed to Caitlyn Whitford, who put the ball in the back of the net.
Centennial's goal came off a "wonderful" direct kick from 35 yards out by Carolyn Eichhorn in the second half, said Baxter.
"We continued to press and had numerous good chances but simply could not score again."
Howard keeper Liz Price "came up with some big saves and came off her line once to clear away a dangerous through ball, and even though we gave up a goal in the second half, we were able to manage the time and close out the game with the win," Zaron said.
Anna Mitchell hit the cross bar for the Eagles'Centennial's best shot of the first half.
"I feel like I am in the twilight zone right now. We totally dominated the first 25 minutes of the game. When we can do that, we must score a couple of goals, but we just could not find the net," said Baxter.
"We are going through a difficult time right now, but the girls know they have played very well the last three games and have deserved better results overall. All we can do is keep playing hard, playing smart and hopefully we will start finding some lucky bounces soon," he added. The Eagles are now 1-3 in the county and 1-5-1 overall.
In Wednesday's game, Howard and Bel Air played cat and mouse with Howard eventually winning, 5-3, on a second-half goal by Nia Elbeck, from a pass from Emma Bruzdzinski, with about five minutes left in the game.
"Each time we scored, Bel Air came back and tied it. It was quite the up-and-down game," Zaron said. Howard (3-2 overall) led, 4-3, at halftime.
Emma Bruzdzinski scored off a Maddie Barrow corner kick for Howard's first goal. Barrow set up Whitford with a cross for the Lions' second marker and then Amy Williams for the third.
With the game tied, 3-3, with about six minutes until halftime, Elbeck collected a pass from Katie Cocozza and was able to beat the goalie for Howard's fourth goal.
"I'm very proud of the girls for winning two games this week after being off Monday and Tuesday. It's never easy to come out and be sharp after a few days off, but the girls did it, they did it together and were able to earn two wins this week."