It would be hard to pick out the heroine of Glenelg’s 11-10 sudden-victory over Howard Thursday night.
Would it be Stephanie Asher, who scored with seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, or for scoring with 24 seconds left in regular overtime to force sudden victory?
It could certainly be Kendall Lutts, who came up with the draw at the start of sudden-victory, or it could be Tagne Vandewall, who scored the game-winning goal.
“I knew whoever got the ball was going to win,” said Howard coach Alleesha Davidson of the first draw of sudden-victory. “It was an incredible game. It was one of those games where you really don’t want either team to lose.”
Glenelg jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the start of play, but Howard climbed back in. The teams exchanged the lead several times with Howard on the cusp of winning in regulation and in regular overtime.
Davidson said after losing, 15-9, to Mt. Hebron on Tuesday she knew her team was going to come out flat against Glenelg.
But with Charlotte Wilkinson taking the draw and Abbey Groft (four goals) and Katie Schluederberg (two goals, assist) leading the offense, Howard quickly caught up.
The Lions even maintained their intensity after Schluederberg left the game just before halftime with a knee injury.
“When a kid like that goes out like that, she’s hard to replace,” Davidson said. “But the kids coming off the bench did an amazing job.”
Glenelg also had to rework its line-up. Senior Danielle Baker, back after missing several games with illness, dropped to low attack and younger players took her spot in midfield.
Asher had four goals for Glenelg, including converting the isolation play that sent the game into sudden-victory overtime.
Vandewall’s three-goal afternoon included the game-winning goal. Baker had a goal and two assists.
“We did a lot of really nice stuff today,” said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid.
Even though her team lost, Davidson also found positives.
“It’s great timing to go into the playoffs with this,” she said. “My team is just starting to believe in themselves.”
Glenelg 11, Howard 10 (SV OT)
Goals: G - Stephanie Asher 4, Tagne Vandewall 3, Maribeth Blonchek, Danielle Baker, Hannah Doughty, Kendall Lutts. Ho – Abbey Groft 4, Katie Schluederberg 2, Charlotte Wilkinson, Catherine Sims, Maddie Regal, Kristen Woolschlager.
Assists: G – Danielle Baker 2, Maribeth Blonchek. Ho – Kelsey Savje 2, Maddie Regal, Katie Schluederberg.
Saves: G – Megan Taylor 4. Ho – Lauren Ferraro 6.
Halftime: Glenelg, 5-4. Regulation: 9-all. First OT: 10-all.
Around the league
Centennial 17, Hammond 2
Goals: C – Sammie Albornoz 2, Martha Hutzell 2, Alicia Hsieh 2, Devin McIntyre 2, Grace Paterson, Megan Oliver, Dani Wilson, Olivia Canby, Stephanie Sachs, Ali Durkee, Grace Gavlin, Emma Sams. Ha – Brigid Mangan, Nicki Gardes.
Assists: C – Martha Hutzell 3, Grace Paterson 2, Sammie Albornoz, Alicia Hsieh, Grace Gavlin, Devin McIntyre. Ha – none.
Saves: C – Maddie Albornoz 1, Anna Cosentino 2. Ha – 3.
Chapelgate 16, Catholic 14
Mercy 12, Glenelg Country School 8