A pair of goals by senior Lauren Smith helped Glenelg Country School pull away from a scoreless halftime tie to beat visiting Institute of Notre Dame, 3-0, on Wednesday.
Smith’s first goal came with 28:41 on the clock. She netted her second goal 2 minutes later.
After receiving the ball at the 25-yard line, freshman midfielder Alyssa Arnold took the IND goalkeeper 1v1 to score the Dragons’ third goal.
It was the second shutout in as many games for Glenelg Country, which held a 19-4 advantage on offensive penalty corners and a 22-3 advantage on shots on goal.
The Dragons’ Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference game is Friday at Maryvale.
Glenelg Country 3, IND 0
Goals: GCS – Lauren Smith 2, Alyssa Arnold. IND – none.
Saves: GCS – Kelly Johnson 2. IND. Moore 6, Macon 6.
Halftime: tied, 0-0.
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Glenelg 5, Howard 3
The game is 60-minutes long, but Howard tried to think of it 10-minute segments. Still looking for their first win of the season, Howard stayed with Glenelg until there was just under 10 minutes to play and the score was tied, 3-3.
That’s when Glenelg took over, allowing Howard only a few very brief opportunities to cross midfield.
“Megan (Taylor) and Stef (Asher) essentially took the game over,” said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid after her team won, 5-3.
Asher had the final two goals of the game.
After failing to convert a pair of penalty corners into goals in the game’s opening minutes, Glenelg’s first tally was set up by midfielder Morgan Philie’s long aerial. Asher passed the ball to Taylor.
The two forwards repeated the sequence just before halftime.
Mia Astran had the other Glenelg goal.
While Glenelg had the first scoring chances of the game, Howard got the first goal when Annette Jarosz scored off an assist from Allyson Sloan.
After Glenelg tied the score, 1-1, Cailey Tolson, assisted by Maddie Regal, put Howard in front, 2-1.
The halftime score was 2-2.
Glenelg went ahead on Astran’s goal, but 90 seconds later Tolson scored to knot the game again.
“They were tenacious,” Philie said.
Howard called its second timeout of the half, but when play restarted, Asher scored with stunning quickness. The Gladiators’ forwards and midfield then dug in and essentially kept possession for the rest of the game.
“I’m very proud of my girls. They played their hearts out,” said Howard coach Kristen Vance. Awaiting the birth of her first child, Vance was coaching in between contractions.
“We’ve had a rough beginning,” Vance said.
The Lions’ Betty Lang tournament was cancelled when two teams dropped out. The Glenelg game, which was postponed from last week, caused Howard to play back-to-back. (The Lions lost to River Hill, 1-0, on Monday.)
“We really haven’t gotten our season going, but things are clicking now,” Vance said.
“We’re getting better and I think we’ll do better as our season goes on,” said Howard’s Megan Green.
Goals: G – Megan Taylor 2, Stephanie Asher 2, Mia Astran. Ho – Cailey Tolson 2, Annette Jarosz.
Assists: G – Stephanie Asher 2, Megan Taylor. Ho – Allyson Sloan, Maddie Regal, Emily Penn.
Saves: G – Amanda Hoyt 4. Ho – Allison Jakubek 11.
Halftime: tied, 2-2.
River Hill 8, Oakland Mills 0
Dani Schwab scored four goals to lead River Hill to victory over Oakland Mills.
Goals: RH – Dani Schwab 4, Caleigh Covell 2, Mikayla Athey, Evana DiPietro. OM – none.
Assists: RH – Emily Marlatt, Delaney Malone.
Saves: RH – Sierra Kelly 3. OM – Erin Hull 11.
Halftime: River Hill, 5-0.
Standings (as of Sept. 19)
Mt. Hebron, 3-0 county, 5-0 overall
River Hill, 3-0, 4-1
Marriotts Ridge, 2-1, 5-1
Atholton, 2-1, 3-1
Long Reach, 2-1, 4-2
Centennial, 2-1, 3-2
Glenelg, 2-1, 3-2
Hammond, 1-1, 1-2
Reservoir, 0-2, 1-4
Oakland Mills, 0-3, 2-4
Howard, 0-3, 0-3
Wilde Lake, 0-3, 0-4
Glenelg Country, 2-0 IAAM B, 1-2