Glenelg girls soccer took on two out-of-county foes Saturday, traveling to Annapolis for the Broadneck Tournament at Broadneck High School.
The Gladiators (0-5 overall, 0-3 county) played without much rest, losing an early morning 2-0 match to John Carroll, followed by a 3-0 loss to home team Broadneck.
“Playing back-to-back games, against two very good teams, as nice as it is out here…they’re beat up, they’re bruised, they’re battered,” Glenelg coach Maureen Hammond said after game two. “It was a battle for them to make it through the second game. That’s kind of how we approached it. Fight and dig deep for everything.”
Hammond said each game was extremely demanding — something that they may be able to take away from losing twice.
“I think they learned that they have to step up and be more physical,” she said.
Allowing two shutouts in one day — five goals total — can be tough on any team, but junior captain Taylor Zucco said she’s looking at the bigger picture.
“I think there’s a lot of potential to get better. We just have to work together,” she said. “We were tired, but we did as much as we could with the energy we had.”
In game one against John Carroll, Glenelg nearly had a goal as the final minutes ticked away in the first half.
Rachel Johnson took a ball that ricocheted off John Carroll’s keeper, and scored. Unfortunately for the Gladiators, Johnson was called offside, and the goal was nullified.
“It was our third goal that’s been called back (this season),” Hammond said. “That’s defeating.”
Then, with five minutes remaining in the opening half, Glenelg’s Rachel Nichols accidentally recorded an own goal.
“The ball hit my foot wrong and went in,” she would later tell her coach.
Though her squad had a difficult day, Emily Taylor said a combination of tired legs, bad luck and tough opponents shouldn’t keep the Gladiators down.
“These games don’t mean anything to our schedule, but they do mean something to our skill,” she said, “In the first game, we started kind of slow, considering it was an early morning game. The team we played was skilled, but we were not at our top game.”
Junior keeper Lindsey Mazer had 12 saves against John Carroll, and six against Broadneck.
Captains Hannah Tolson, Zucco and Taylor said that the team, while young, will play in some big games this season.Two Saturday shutouts in September won’t mean much in a few weeks, they said.
“I want to see effort,” Zucco said. “We want to win everything, and be there for every ball. We need to act like every ball is ours.”
Glenelg gets back in action Monday at home, when they will take on Spalding, another non-county opponent.
Rager leads Reservoir past C. Milton Wright, Leonardtown in Mustang Soccer Tournament
In game one of the tournament, the Gators were down 1-0 at the half.
That's when Keri Rager struck.
The senior tallied two goals for the Gators, with Kayla Pindell recording both assists.
Rager also racked up an assist in the win, with Kylie Toler netting the score. Abby Gillum had seven saves.
In game two against Leonardtown, Rager was credited with two more assists on Paola Rosa and Amy Armstrong goals. Pindell netted netted the thrid score for the Gators. Leah Simmons had the assist.
At the break, it was tied 2-2. Coach Josh Sullivan said he was looking forward to adressing the first half performance by the Gators, though he was still "thrilled with two wins against quality competition and teams that are always in state championships."
Sullivan added that he hoped the wins could carry the Gators through the rest of the season.