By Carol Gralia, email@example.com
10:09 PM EDT, October 30, 2013
County co-champions Glenelg and Mt. Hebron won their respective regional championship games Wednesday afternoon.
While Glenelg (Class 2A East) defeated cross county rival Long Reach, 7-0, Mt. Hebron (Class 3A East) traveled to Annapolis to defeat the Panthers, 4-2.
The state semifinals are next week. Mt. Hebron plays Urbana Monday, Nov. 4 at 5 or 7 p.m. at Franklin High School.
Glenelg’s next game is Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Broadneck. The Gladiators will play Century, a 2-0 winner over Poolesville, at 5 or 7 p.m.
Class 2A East
Led by Stephanie Asher’s 100th career goal, Glenelg’s seniors completed a four-year domination of their region. With a 7-0 victory over Long Reach, Glenelg added a 16th regional title to its resume.
The Glenelg seniors already have three state titles to their credit.
“The seniors closed out their career without ever losing a game on their home field,” said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid.
Kincaid contributed much of her program’s recent success to the school’s Bermuda grass field.
“That was the turning point — the Bermuda grass field,” she said.
Glenelg was the last public school in the county to get a Bermuda field. The Gladiators did well on their grass field because Kincaid kept it cut short so that the ball could move, but the smoother Bermuda surface allowed the Gladiators to execute more advanced skills.
This will be Glenelg’s sixth consecutive trip to the state’s final four.
Asher was on a mission against Long Reach. She scored less than 3 minutes into the game and had three goals by halftime. Her 100th career goal came 5 minutes into the second half after she dribbled upfield and dodged several players.
She is only the second county player to record 100 goals, and both have been from Glenelg. (Alyssa Parker, now a sophomore at Maryland, is the other one.)
“It’s a great feeling, but I owe it all to my team because they assist and almost all of my goals are assisted shots,” Asher said.
Megan Taylor had a goal and two assists for Glenelg and Morgan Philie (penalty stroke) and Mia Astran also scored.
Kincaid substituted liberally in the second half and that evened out the play.
“Our second half was way better than our first. We have just got to score against teams like this,” said Long Reach coach Rashmi Bhanot, who was on the last Long Reach team to reach the state semifinals.
Lightning goalie Nicole Cote, a senior, made 17 saves to keep the game from being a complete runaway.
“I’m extremely proud to say that I played Glenelg in a regional game. Yes, we lost, but I’m just overwhelmed that we made it this far. I could never be more proud of any other team than I am of my girls now,” Cote said.
Long Reach finished the year 8-9.
Glenelg 7, Long Reach 0
Goals: G – Stephanie Asher 4, Megan Taylor, Morgan Philie, Mia Astran. LR – none
Assists: G – Megan Taylor 2, Lauren Pelkey.
Saves: G – Amanda Hoyt 0, Noelle Frost 8. LR – Nicole Cote 17.
Halftime: Glenelg, 6-0.
Class 3A East
Mt. Hebron had its game plan in mind.
“Annapolis has some really good players who can dodge pull left and right, spin and keep the ball on their sticks,” said Mt. Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland. “So we knew we had to start off really fast.”
The Vikings scored on their first three goals off corners and would have held Annapolis scoreless in the first half, except the Panthers scored on a corner with no time on the clock.
Tianna Wallpher scored Mt. Hebron’s only goal in the second half and the Vikings dug their heels in on defense after Annapolis scored on another corner to make the score, 4-2.
“They are a very good corner team,” Ireland said. “It was just a matter of keeping the ball out of our circle.”
Wallpher was all over the field.
“She was dodging, feeding and going one-on-one. She just lifts the entire team with her play,” Ireland said.
Monica Linn and Shannon Kelliher made themselves a presence in midfield and on defense, respectively.
Five of Mt. Hebron goalie Chachi Kelehan’s six saves came in the second half.
“That’s how much Annapolis turned up the pressure,” Ireland said.
Both Panthers’ goals came from Ceara O’Donnell assisted by Haley Bowcutt.
“It was a good game to watch and a nerve-wracking game to coach,’’ Ireland said.
The Vikings’ advanced to the state championship game in 2011, but lost in double overtime to Westminster, the team they defeated Monday in the sectional final.
Mt. Hebron 4, Annapolis 2
Goals: MH – Lauren Schaaf, Molly Bishop, Katie Anderson, Tianna Wallpher. A – Ceara O’Donnell.
Assists: MH – Monica Linn. A – Haley Bowcutt.
Saves: MH – Chachi Kelehan 6. A – Batten.
Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 3-1.