It’s taken more than seven years, but Marriotts Ridge has finally defeated Glenelg in varsity field hockey. Tuesday, the Mustangs were totally overwhelmed in the first half but managed to keep the game scoreless.
“The first half, our defense took a beating,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Stacie Gado. She knew there were only so many shots her team could face without one of them going in.
But the Marriotts Ridge defense of Julie Miller, Taylor Mann and Shannon Larson with goalie Sophia Hamilton backing them up held firm.
Hamilton finished the game with 20 saves.
“We had 21 shots and Sophie was all over them. We didn’t finish,” said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid.
The Gladiators had not lost a regular season game to a county team in six years.
Marriotts Ridge didn’t get a single shot in the first half.
Glenelg’s Stephanie Asher got the first goal of the game at the 3:30 into the second half.
Ten minutes later, Jenna Kerr tied the game on a scramble in front of the cage. Maddie Courtney got the game winner in a similar situation with 6:42 left.
“I felt the second half was more our game,” Gado said. “We came in wanting to play the ball more on our strong side and our defense was making sure to p lay defense all over the field. …I felt our speed gave us a handful of breakaways and give-and-goes for our forward line.”
Between Kerr, Courtney and Jasmine Williams there were many little passes back and forth.
“Being down and being able to come back” to win was huge,” Gado said.
“When you have a bull’s-eye on your back, people bring their best game,” Kincaid said. Glenelg started the season as the No. 2 ranked team in the Baltimore area.
Marriotts Ridge 2, Glenelg 1
Goals: MR — Jenna Kerr, Maddie Courtney. G — Stephanie Asher.
Assists: MR — none. G — Megan Taylor.
Saves: MR — Sophia Hamilton 20. G — Amanda Hoyt 0; Noelle Frost 6.
Halftime: tied, 0-0.