Marriotts Ridge had just too many weapons. Led by Taylor Hensh and Zoe Stukenberg, each with six goals, seven different Mustangs scored in their 19-7 victory over Glenelg Monday afternoon in a Class 3A/2A South Region semifinal game.
“No matter who we put our better defender on, then the other one scored,” said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid of the Hensh-Stukenberg scoring machine. The pair combined for seven assists.
“We tried everything” against Marriotts Ridge, Kincaid said. “We didn’t play poorly; they are better than us.”
At this point in the season, the Mustangs have lost just once — to McDonogh, the No. 1 team in the state.
Marriotts Ridge coach Natalie Gaieski said the turning point in the game came with about 8 minutes left in the first half. Glenelg was trailing by a goal or two when one of its players received a yellow card.
“We used that to our advantage. We rattled off five unanswered goals in the last four minutes of the half,” Gaieski said.
This was the second time this season that Marriotts Ridge scored 19 goals against Glenelg, which finished the year with an 11-5 record.
Marriotts Ridge’s defense and goalie Rachel Ortell made it hard for Glenelg to find the net.
The junior had 11 saves in what Gaieski called a “nice playoff win for our program.”
Marriotts Ridge (15-1) will host Mt. Hebron (14-2) Wednesday for the regional title. When the two teams played in the regular season, the game went to overtime and two sudden-victory overtime periods with Marriotts Ridge finally winning, 13-12.
Marriotts Ridge 19, Glenelg 7
Goals: Taylor Hensh 6, Zoe Stukenberg 6, Jenna Kerr 2, Alexis Zadjura 2, Maggie Brooks, Marissa Davey, Lexi Souder. G – Danielle Baker 2, Kendall Lutts 2, Maribeth Blonchek, Tagne Vandewall, Hannah Doughty.
Assists: MR - Zoe Stukenberg 4, Jenna Kerr 2, Taylor Hensh 3, Marissa Davey 2, Maggie Brooks, Alexis Zadjura. G – Maribeth Blonchek, Marissa Gochar.
Saves: MR – Rachel Ortell 11. Megan Taylor 7.
Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 12-4.
River Hill showed a lot of athleticism and heart but Mt. Hebron pulled away in the second half by dominating the draw and capitalizing on possessions to beat the Hawks, 15-6, in the other 3A/2A South Region semifinal.
Jen Giles had a game-high six goals for the Vikings. Sam Brookhart had six points on two goals and four assists.
Mt. Hebron was able to slow the game down and spread the ball to score.
“We are playing two complete halves, which is crucial for our success in the playoffs,” Brookhart said. “We are ready to finish it this year.”
A year ago, Mt. Hebron lost in the state semifinals. This year’s team is determined to go one game farther.