Three games into the season Glenelg, sporting a 1-2 record, finally seems to be finding its stride.
“We just had to do a little tweaking of our system. We had to put a different system than last out there because of personnel changes, and we just didn’t grab the right one,” said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid.
Following Tuesday’s 8-0 victory over Reservoir, the Gladiators appear to have made the right adjustments.
“We were getting opportunities but we (were) not finishing and the goalies we are facing are making some awesome plays,” said Glenelg’s Megan Taylor. She scored three goals and had two assists against Reservoir.
Playing at home for the first time this season, Glenelg scored two minutes into the game and soon added two more goals.
“We always know that they come out very fast and very strong and their front line is incredibly fast,” said Reservoir coach Lindsay Beil. “We just weren’t ready for how fast they were and in the game of hockey once you led in a couple of goals it’s hard to come back from that.”
Reservoir called a timeout after Glenelg’s third goal. When the Gators returned to the field, they went on attack and had four consecutive penalty corner opportunities, but could not score.
Glenelg moved the ball well all over the field, but especially on attack.
Reservoir goalie Connie Chung made 15 saves and kept the game from getting too far out of hand.
“She made some awesome saves. I was on a fast break and drove the ball and she was there (to stop it),” Taylor said. “I feel like we were nailing the ball at the post and the pads and nailing it as hard as we could and she was coming up with stop after stop.”
Beil, a former player and coach at Glenelg, said the game was a lesson for her team.
“It was a great learning experience because everything I am trying to get my kids to do is exactly what Glenelg does so it was good for them to see how it is supposed to look.”
Reservoir lost to Bel Air, 2-1, in double overtime Monday.
“After yesterday’s game, it was tough to go right into this game,” Beil said.
Glenelg 8, Reservoir 0
Goals: G – Megan Taylor 3, Stephanie Asher 2, Lauren Pelkey, Colleen Regan, Mia Astran. Re – none.
Assists: G – Morgan Philie 2, Megan Taylor 2, Lauren Pelkey, Stephanie Asher.
Saves: G – Amanda Hoyt 0, Noelle Frost 1. Re – Connie Chung 15.
Halftime: Glenelg, 4-0.