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.
Centennial 11, Hammond 1
Margaret Maclean and her sister Maureen accounted for five goals — nearly half of Centennial’s scoring in the Eagles 11-1 victory over Hammond.
Goals: C – Margaret Maclean 3, Maureen Maclean 2, Sydney Ziegler 2, Stephanie Sachs, Kay Kelly, Emelia Uribe, Mary Margaret Baldy. Ha – Ellen Barrios.
Assists: C – Stephanie Sachs, Kathryn Peterson, Robin Cagle, Sydney Ziegler, Margaret Maclean. Ha – Caroline Goyne.
Saves: C – Tori Stroud 1. Ha – Greer Guzzone 8.
Halftime: Centennial, 6-0.
Atholton 8, Oakland Mills 0
Atholton’s Gina D’Astro scored on a corner but the Oakland Mills defense stood strong until late in the first half when the Raiders scored again. Another Atholton goal with 5 seconds left before halftime helped crumble Oakland Mills’ resolve.
“We were playing with them in the first half,” said Oakland Mills coach Nikki Trunzo.
The Scorpions managed just one shot on goal in the game; Atholton had 28.
Freshman Faryn Katz had a pair of goals for the Raiders.
Goals: A – Rachel Day 2, Jaimie Cardea 2, Faryn Katz 2, Gina D’Asto, Haley Kantor. OM – none.
Assists: A – Jen Bleakney 2, Meaghan Quinn 2, Rachel Day.
Saves: A – Emily Clinch 1. OM – Erin Hull 19.
Halftime: Atholton, 3-0.
Marriotts Ridge 9 Wilde Lake 0
Allie McAuley had a three-goal hat trick in leading Marriotts Ridge to a 9-0 victory over Wilde Lake.
Goals: MR – Allie McAuley 3, Jenna Kerr 2, Lexi Souder 2, Joan Condron 2. WL – none.
Assists: MR – Joan Condron 2, Lexi Souder, Jenna Kerr, Allie McAuley, Enya McGarry, Carly Albright,
Saves: MR – Sophie Hamilton 4. WL - Paige Boyer 11.
Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 6-0.
Mt. Hebron 5, Long Reach 0
Mt. Hebron shut out Long Reach and in doing so gains sole possession of first place in the county standings. The loss was the first in the county for Long Reach.
Ally Unkenholz, Tianna Wallpher, Natalie Fyock, Lauren Schaaf and Sara Rochester all scored. Hannah Scheid had a pair of assists.
Long Reach goalie Nicole Cote had 11 saves.
Goals: MH - Ally Unkenholz, Tianna Wallpher, Natalie Fyock, Lauren Schaaf and Sara Rochester. LR - none.
Assists: MH – Hannah Schied 2, Tianna Wallpher, Lauren Schaaf.
Saves: MH – Chachi Kelehan 5. LR – Nicole Cote 11.
Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 3-0.
Standings (as of Sept. 18)
Mt. Hebron, 3-0 county, 5-0 overall
River Hill, 2-0, 3-1
Marriotts Ridge, 2-1, 5-1
Atholton, 2-1, 3-1
Long Reach, 2-1, 4-2
Centennial, 2-1, 3-2
Glenelg, 1-1, 2-2
Hammond, 1-1, 1-2
Oakland Mills, 0-2, 2-3
Reservoir, 0-2, 1-4
Howard, 0-2, 0-2
Wilde Lake, 0-3, 0-4
Glenelg Country, 1-0 IAAM B, 1-1