It’s been a difficult start to the season for the Chapelgate Christian Academy girls soccer team.
After losing 9-0 to IAAM B Conference foe IND on Thursday, the Yellowjackets were disappointed in the result, but still optimistic regarding the future.
“We’re a young team, and we have a lot of potential,” said coach Christen Gjeldum. “Different girls are still learning the game of soccer, but they are improving and making some strides.”
According to Lydia Frierson, Chapelgate’s top scorer and senior captain, the Yellowjackets are still in a better position now than they were in 2012, even with the new players on the roster.
“This year, we are definitely better,” she said. “We have nine freshmen. It’s kind of like we are starting fresh.”
Following the loss, the Yellowjackets fell to 2-3-2 overall, and 0-3-2 in league play.
Moving forward, Frierson — who led all Howard County high schools in scoring last year — said that other conference teams shouldn’t overlook the Yellowjackets, regardless of their record.
“We can surprise people,” she said. “I think we will make a run in the playoffs.”
Frierson said there were still some things the team can take from such a lopsided defeat.
“One thing that we need to work on is our intensity,” Frierson added. “I think people look to the seniors and the captains on the team to provide the energy. But it also takes freshmen to step up too.”
Keeper Katherine Cameron was responsible for seven of the nine goals allowed before Jessi Kinsey replaced her. Cameron had 15 saves in the net.
The Yellowjackets are back in action Tuesday, Oct. 1 at St. Paul’s.
According to Frierson, Chapelgate's girls soccer team can achieve success, as long as her teammates have the right mindset going forward.
“We need to get that mentality that we can win, and we’re not going to lose,” she said.
Around the county
Glenelg Country loses first match of season, 3-1 to Mt. Carmel
Sabrina DeLeonibus scored the lone goal for GCS. Kiersten Moore had the assist.
Karli Lawrence had 13 saves in the net.
The Dragons fall to 6-1 overall, and 5-1 in league play.
River Hill completes comeback, defeats Long Reach on the road 3-2
The Lightning struck early, with an unassisted goal by junior Kianna Vincent in the 13th minute. Lauren Murphy then connected with Kate Harkleford in the 27th minute for the game's second score.
Then the Hawks finally got on the board, scoring three unanswered goals from Sheridan Street, Alex Hamer and Jen Voyton. Callie Allen, Caitlin O'Brien and Voyton all had assists in the win.
"The Long Reach defense played a great game, let by marking backs Leah Jordan and Gillian Engelbrecht, and anchored by Rachel Kim," Lightning coach Erik Sandersen said. "River Hill has enormously talented players, and strings passes together well to build the attack. It was a great game."
River Hill improves to 5-0 in county play. Long Reach drops to 3-3.
Howard defeats visiting Wilde Lake 2-1
Senior captain Katie Cocozza scored within the first five minutes of the game. Christine Robinson had the assist.
Twenty minutes later, Wilde Lake tied it up with a Rachel Lazris goal.
With eight minutes left in the game, Sarah Cocozza connected with Sydney Mastalerz, who then sent a diagonal ball into the box. Nia Elbeck was able to beat the keeper for the score and the win.
Howard improves to 2-3 against county opponents. Wilde Lake falls to 3-1-1.
Glenelg gets first win of season, defeats visiting Atholton 1-0
Sydney Peirce scored, Elena Symmes had the assist and Lindsey Mazer tallied five saves for the Gladiators.
"It was a great game tonight," said Glenelg coach Maureen Hammond. "Before the game, I told the girls all we had to do was score one goal and then not let them score any. They were able to do just that. Hopefully, we will continue to improve and finish the season strong."
Glenelg imrpoves to 1-4 in the county, while Atholton drops to 2-3.