A pair of goals by Lauren Pelkey helped propel visiting Glenelg past Atholton, 3-2, Monday afternoon. The game, which was between two defending state champions, was end-to-end action.
Thanks to goals by Ashley Martin and Rachel Day, Atholton (Class 3A) held a 2-1 advantage at halftime.
Glenelg (Class 2A) scored early in the second half on a magical score by Megan Taylor, who cut left in front of the goal, but softly put the ball in the far upper corner.
Pelkey scored Glenelg’s go-ahead goal on a putback following a scramble in front of Atholton’s keeper Emily Clinch (six saves).
A short time later, the Raiders seemed to have tied the game on Jen Bleakney’s drive off a corner play. Unfortunately for Atholton, the goal was disallowed because it was not touched by an Atholton player within the circle.
Glenelg’s defense got a good test in the game because of Day and Bleakney's ability to score from anywhere in the circle.
“We’re really working hard on marking because for a couple of years we didn’t have to do any,” Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid said, referring to recent Glenelg teams that were so powerful on offense that the defense rarely saw the ball.
This year’s squad is more balanced.
“Molly Milani does a good job of being a field general” on defense, Kincaid said. She also credited Rachel Lee for her play within the circle.
“We backed off in intensity for 10 or more minutes and we were tentative,” said Atholton coach Martie Dyer.
The game was the first of the year for Atholton midfielder Mollie Belson, who is coming back from injury.
Glenelg 3, Atholton 2
Goals: G – Lauren Pelkey 2, Megan Taylor; A – Ashley Martin, Rachel Day.
Assists: G – none; A – Jen Bleakney.
Saves: G – Amanda Hoyt 7; A - Emily Clinch 6.
Halftime: Atholton, 2-1.
Bel Air 5, Centennial 4
Goals: BA - Yurkofsky, Gryglewski, Farley, Scarry, Todd; C – Margaret Maclean 3, Stephanie Sachs.
Assists: BA – Gryglewski, Farley; C – Kay Kelly.
Saves: BA – Garcia 6; C – Stroud 6.
Halftime: Centennial, 2-1.
Reservoir 2, Hammond 0