Charlotte Bickhart

Oakland Mills sophomore Charlotte Bickhart delivers a corner kick in the second half against La Plata on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Scorpions won 3-0. (Matt Owings/BSMG / September 7, 2013)

Oakland Mills opened up its season Saturday, splitting a double-header at home. The Scorpions suffered a 3-0 loss against Westminster, before rebounding with a 3-0 win against La Plata.

“The second game we played so much better,” said Oakland Mills coach Christina Hewitt. “We certainly played as a team. The girls played hard and aggressive. They were communicating.”

Hewitt said her team could have been nervous against the Owls in the early game, which may have been why the team got the season off to a slow start.

“Game one we were just flat,” she said. “Maybe some jitters got to us.”

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Junior midfielder Courtney Rapp netted two goals for the Scorpions. Sophomore Kat Stockford added another score.

Senior defender Virginia Lampron was credited with an assist on Rapp’s second goal.

“I think we played really well,” Rapp said after the game. “We all moved together.”

Hewitt had high praise for her freshman goalie, Mary Stockfort, who had five saves — including one diving stop in the second half — for the season’s first shutout.

“She was solid all day,” Hewitt said. “She made some great saves, and the defense made some mistakes.”

Oakland Mills, now anxious to enter county play after getting a win under its belt, will visit Long Reach Tuesday.

River Hill slow out of the gates

The Hawks, last year’s undefeated 3A state champions, have started the 2013 season 0-2.

On Friday, Good Counsel blanked the Howard County preseason favorite 3-0. Coach Brian Song attributed the opening-day loss to his team playing “a little nervous.”

The schedule wouldn’t get any easier Saturday, as Bishop O’Connell took down the Hawks 2-1 at McDonogh High School.

Sara Wilson had a pair of goals for the Knights.

Despite starting the season down 0-2, Song was optimistic about his squad’s performance in game two.

“We played much better today,” he said.

According to Song, River Hill was without its top scorer in senior Sheridan Street on Saturday due to personal reasons.

Other county schools kick season off

Long Reach dominated Owings Mills 11-0 behind sophomore Taryn Stewart and junior Kianna Vincent, who had three goals and one assist each.