In some sports, it’s about winning the 50-50 balls. For a young Reservoir team, it’s about winning the 50-50 games.
In other words, it’s about winning the games in which you have the best chance to be successful. For example, Monday’s game against Hammond, which Reservoir won, 14-4.
“We were hungry for a win. Honestly. Especially against a team that we can be competitive with,” said Reservoir’s Alexis Bartley. By game’s end, the sophomore midfielder had five goals and an assist.
Reservoir, the home team, scored the first three goals of the contest, but Hammond responded with three goals of its own. All came off the stick of Brigid Mangan, who eventually accounted for all of Hammond’s goals.
Bartley and Leah Monroe scored back-to-back to put Reservoir in front, 5-3.
Hammond’s attempt to narrow the gap resulted in Zoe Pekins receiving a yellow card for a dangerous follow-through.
The yellow card put Hammond a man down and was the prelude to “if it can go wrong, it will.”
“It was about to be 5-4 and we had the momentum going, then to take away a goal and take one of our better players out of the game … when you’re young like we are, and inexperienced, that doesn’t set well,” said Hammond coach Bill Smith.
Reservoir then scored eight unanswered goals to force a running clock and put the game out of reach.
“To get a county victory feels good,” said Reservoir’s Leah Monroe, who scored five goals.
Although they won their season opener against an out-of-county team, Monday’s game was the Gators’ first county win of the season.
Hammond is still looking for its first win.
Reservoir 14, Hammond 4
Goals: Re – Leah Monroe 5, Alexis Bartley 5, Anna Janush 2, Connie Chung, Maddie McGarth. Ha –Brigid Mangan 4.
Assists: Re – Blair Bonner. Ha - none.
Saves: Re – Brianna Weinman 7. Ha – Ewurafua Asiedu 5, Tina Asare 5.
Halftime: Reservoir, 6-3.
St. John’s CP 13, Glenelg Country 12
A lot can happen in 9 seconds, and llittle of it was in Glenelg Country School’s favor.