By Carol Gralia, firstname.lastname@example.org
2:56 AM EDT, September 11, 2013
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.
Mt. Hebron 2, Atholton 1
Mt. Hebron rallied to hand Atholton its first loss of the season.
“We knew we had to contain Rachel (Day) and Jen (Bleakney),” said Mt. Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland. Those two Atholton players had four goals each in a game last Friday.
Bleakney scored the game’s first goal on a beautiful shot on a corner play in the first half.
“We couldn’t been see the ball go in,” Ireland said.
After Atholton scored, the Raiders controlled the rest of the first half.
The second half was a different story.
Ireland said she told her team at half, “We are in this game. We are only down by one. They scored a gorgeous goal You are playing well.”
The Vikings took the pep talk to heart.
Tianna Wallpher had a breakaway and got the ball into Atholton’s defensive circle.
“Tianna set us up quite a few times,” Ireland said.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Vikings kept their sticks on the ball in the circle. Wallpher had a goal and then assisted Lauren Schaaf on Mt. Hebron’s other goal.
“Our defense came up huge,” Ireland said.
Keeper Chachi Kelehan had eight saves.
“Her play was so critical,” Ireland said. “She stopped a lot of aerials and she had some great saves.”
The Vikings also got outstanding play from left back Hannah Scheid who cut off Atholton’s through balls.
Mt. Hebron scored its second goal with 8 minutes left in the game. The afternoon was extremely hot and Ireland said “We were really gasping. Staying on offense sucks the life out of them.”
But up by a goal, her team put the 8 remaining minutes in perspective. “That’s really a long time to hold on,” Ireland said. “But they said, ‘8 minutes. That’s a perimeter (run). We can do this. That leadership was huge.”
Because Glenelg also lost, the loss had less sting for Atholton than it might have.
“I can’t say it was great hockey, but we played well enough to win,” Ireland said.
Goals: MH — Tianna Wallpher, Lauren Schaaf. A — Jen Bleakney.
Assists: MH — Tianna Wallpher, Natalie Fyock. A — none.
Saves: MH — Chachi Kelehan 8. A — Emily Clinch 4.
Halftime: Atholton, 1-0.
River Hill 1, Reservoir 0 (OT)
Kinsey Johnson is a defender by description but she knows how to score.
In the second half of seven-aside overtime, the River Hill junior brought the ball all the way up field and scored.
“We had 60 shots on goal and they had zero,” said River Hill coach Shelly Chamness. “Their goalie (Connie Chung) had at least 40 saves. That’s all the room my book has.”
The Reservoir scorekeeper also had difficulty marking Chung’s saves.
“She had 51 saves, and that’s not a lie,” said Reservoir coach Lindsay Beil.
The game winning shot came with 56 seconds left in the second overtime half.
Goals: RH — Kinsey Johnson. Re — none.
Saves: RH – Sierra Kelly 0. Re – Connie Chung 51.
Halftime and regulation: tied, 0-0.
Centennial 4, Howard 2
Margaret Maclean had a pair of goals and an assist as Centennial pulled away from a 1-1 halftime tie to beat Howard.
Goals: C — Margaret Maclean 2, Sydney Ziegler, Maureen Maclean. Ho — Maddie Regal, Jessica Heinrich.
Assists: C — Kay Kelly 2, Margaret Maclean. Ho — Jessica Heinrich, Cailey Tolson.
Saves: C — Anna Cosentino 5. Ho — Allison Jakubek
Halftime: tied, 1-1.
Hammond 4, Wilde Lake 1
Keara Miller scored twice and goalie Greer Guzzone made 25 saves as Hammond defeated Wilde Lake.
“We were hungry,” said Hammond coach Terry Smith. “It’s been a long time coming.”
In the last two years, Hammond only won one game.
Goals: Ha — Keara Miller, 2, Hadiya Hewitt, Erica Nickolaus. WL — Rike.
Assists: Ha — Hadiya Hewitt. WL — none.
Saves: Ha — Greer Guzzone 25. WL — not available.
Long Reach 5, Oakland Mills 4 (OT, game decided in strokes)
Sept. 9 game
South River 4, Glenelg Country 0
Glenelg Country School goalkeeper Kelly Johnson turned back 29 shots, and defender Koko Etokebe made two defensive saves, but South River finally wore the Dragons down.
“We held them, 1-0, until 11:22 was left in the second half,” said Glenelg Country School coach Jessica McAdams.
South River’s third goal came with 5:03 left and its fourth was scored at the 2:45 mark.
“They have a large squad and we were just exhausted at the end. I was very proud of the effort from my players,” McAdams added.
In addition to Johnson and Etokebe, McAdams also noted the play of freshmen Julia Sheehan and Tokunbo Olaniyan.
Goals: SR — White 3, Poliks. GCS — none.
Assists: SR — Wagner, M Ulery, E. Szachnowicz. GCS — none.
Saves: SR — Naomi Johnson 1, GCS — Kelly Johnson 29.
Halftime: South River, 1-0.
Long Reach 2, Glen Burnie 1
Standings (as of Sept. 10)
Marriotts Ridge, 1-0 county, 4-0 overall
Mt. Hebron, 1-0, 3-0
Long Reach, 1-0, 3-1
Centennial 1-0, 2-1
River Hill, 1-0, 2-1
Hammond, 1-0, 1-1
Atholton 0-1, 1-1
Oakland Mills, 0-1, 2-2
Glenelg, 0-1, 1-2
Reservoir, 0-1, 1-2
Wilde Lake, 0-1, 0-2
Howard 0-1, 0-1
Glenelg Country, 0-0 IAAM B, 0-1