Glenelg Country

The Glenelg Country girls soccer team, seen in this file photo from last fall, opened its season with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday. (File photo by Jen Rynda / September 4, 2013)

Glenelg Country School started off the 2013 season on a positive note Wednesday with a victory over visiting IAAM B Conference foe Catholic High School, 3-1.

Junior Deja Hursey, who had two goals in the team’s debut, led the Dragons — who play in the IAAM C Conference. Freshman Kiersten Moore added the other score. Dragons with assists were juniors Sabrina DeLeonibus (2) and Catelyn Gamble (1).

“We definitely dominated the first half,” said coach Christy Cole of her team’s performance. “They (Catholic) had opportunities, but we outshot them.”

Glenelg Country went ahead late in the first half after Gamble delivered a corner kick to Hursey,  who netted the team’s first score of the season.

Cole, who calls Hursey “one of our stronger players,” said she was impressed with the forward’s play.

“There’s a couple of things that we have been trying to work on with her over the last year and a half,” she said. “Distributing the ball is one of those things. 

“(Today) she was extremely effective in knowing when to go to goal, and when to distribute.”

After Catholic tied the game in the second half, Cole said her team was able to rebound.

“The second half (Catholic) kept pushing,” she said.

Moore netted an unassisted goal to put the Dragons up 2-1 — a lead Cole said she still wasn’t comfortable with.

With less than one minute to play, it was DeLeonibus who delivered a pass to Hursey, who scored her second goal of the night to effectively seal the win.

Though Cole said her team has much to work on, getting that first victory of the season was important.

“We utilized our outside midfield extremely well today,” she said.

Freshman Karli Lawrence had 10 saves in the goal for Glenelg Country.

“She’s still finding her voice back there,” Cole said of her goalie. “With each game, she is going to become a stronger presence in the box.”

The Dragons will play again Tuesday, Sept. 10, when they face Baltimore Lutheran School.

Chapelgate Christian Academy steamrolls visiting Pallotti

Senior Lydia Frierson scored five goals for the Yellowjackets in the team’s season-opening, 8-1, victory over Pallotti. Junior Emma Rufolo added two, while senior Christina Vanwingarden had one.

Sophomore Katherine Cameron had seven saves in the net for Chapelgate, which plays its next game at Maryvale on Friday, Sept. 6.