Georgia Esmond fueled Glenelg’s 5-0 victory over Centennial on Tuesday afternoon.
While the victory spoiled Senior Day for 10 Eagles seniors, the 10 senior Gladiators were elated, as the win kept their team undefeated (7-0 county, 14-0 overall) and extended Glenelg’s string of consecutive county field hockey titles to nine.
The Gladiators entered the game knowing that whatever the outcome, at worst it would have a share of the title.
Starting in place of an injured teammate, Esmond scored three goals. They were her first of the season.
Lindsay LeTellier had Glenelg’s two other goals and Gabby Rachuba had three assists.
“It’s always great to see everybody on the team succeed,” said Gladiators first-year head coach Nikki Trunzo.
Trunzo had her team well prepared for Centennial.
“They work hard in practice,” Trunzo said. “I truly believe that you practice the way you are going to play in the game. … They make it easy because they work so hard.”
Glenelg pressed the attack from the opening whistle.
“This is certainly the best team that we’ve seen all season. Their undefeated record is well earned,” said Centennial coach Tara Carr, whose team finishes the regular season 7-4 in county and 9-5 overall.
The Gladiators are the top ranked team in the Baltimore and Washington Metro areas.
“That was quite the exercise,” said Centennial senior keeper Jenna Dietrich, who had 16 saves. By contrast, Glenelg’s goalie Kaylin Craine never touched the ball.
Centennial’s defense of Dietrich, Bella Brillante, Annabel Baldy, Mar Mar Baldy, Charlotte DeCarlo and Kelly Peterson was impressive. Marking tightly, it didn’t allow Glenelg’s forwards much room to maneuver, but it still managed five goals.
“We know Centennial is tough. They are a very good team and they were fired up for their Senior Game,” said Glenelg’s Grace Olson.
Olson was a varsity player as a freshman, so this is her fourth county title in field hockey.
“We wanted to play 110 percent and finish strong,” she said.
This was the final game of the regular season; the playoff draw takes place Oct. 20 and the first round playoff games are Oct. 25.
“I am really pleased with how we played and glad that we saw such a strong team to end the regular season,” Carr said.
Glenelg 5, Centennial 0
Goals: G — Georgia Esmond 3, Lindsay LeTellier 2. C — none.
Assists: G — Gabby Rachuba 3, Grace Olson, Leanne Duncan.
Saves: G — Kaylin Craine 0. C — Jeanna Dietrich 16.
Halftime: Centennial, 2-0.
River Hill 10, Oakland Mills 0
Goals: RH — Gaby Hamburger 3, Quinn Kindbom 2, Miriam Sheetz 2, Lexi Thielemann, Julia Lui, Bailey Schwab. OM — none.
Assists: RH — Hannah Dietrich 3, Gaby Hamburger 2, Quinn Kindbom, Lexi Thielemann, Cristina Scolaro.
Saves: RH — Caroline Kral 0, Sanam Patel 0. OM — Lizzie Yu 21.
Halftime: River Hill, 5-0.
Glenelg Country School 7, IND 0
Julia Sheehan and Sydney Johnson each scored twice as visiting Glenelg Country School defeated the Institute of Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference game Tuesday.
The Dragons benefitted from strong games from all players, but especially the attack of Sheehan, Johnson, Bobbie Haney, Sarah Ayer and Avery Dyer.
Glenelg Country (2-5 IAAM B Conference, 4-5 overall) travels to Indian Creek on Friday to finish out conference play before the playoffs start later next week.
Goals: GCS — Julia Sheehan 2, Sydney Johnson 2, Samantha Wollman, Carly Schiller, Deja Ravenell. IND — none.
Assists: GCS — Sydney Johnson, TK Olaniyan, Kayla Rich.
Saves: GCS — Ishika Kathuria 2. IND — not available.
Halftime: Glenelg Country, 2-0.
Howard 10, Wilde Lake 0
Reservoir 10, Hammond 0
Final county standings (as of Oct. 18):
Glenelg (7-0 county, 14-0 overall)
Marriotts Ridge (6-1, 9-3-1)
River Hill (7-4, 9-4)
Centennial (7-4, 9-5)
Mt. Hebron (4-3, 6-7)
Howard (5-6, 5-6)
Reservoir (5-6, 6-8)
Long Reach (3-4, 6-5)
Atholton (3-4, 6-6)
Hammond (2-5, 4-7)
Oakland Mills (1-6, 3-9)
Wilde Lake (0-7, 1-12)