It was a big day for Wilde Lake senior Tess Kostelc.
She led her team with three goals against visiting Meade Wednesday, while helping the Wildecats snap a four-game losing skid in the process. But to cap off the day, Kostelec earned her own monumental achievement, scoring her 100th career goal.
“It’s definitely a really happy feeling,” Kostelec said after Wilde Lake’s 8-2 win over the Mustangs. “I would have been happy either way, but if we came out here and lost it would have been a little less exciting. This feels like a win for me, and a win for the team.”
The Wildecats were coming off a 12-day break since their last outing, where they fell in a tough game against county rival Centennial. On Wednesday, they didn’t show any signs of rust as their solid play on the defensive end led to opportunities on offense.
“It feels so great to see our hard work finally paying off,” Kostelec said. “These girls, we’ve worked hard every day... I am so impressed with them. Their work ethic never fails to impress me.”
The two teams traded chances at both ends at the start of the game, combining for six shots on goal within the first five minutes. Amanda Daugherty finally broke the game open the Wildecats, finishing on a free position following a yellow card given to the Mustangs.
Katie Aubin then added to the lead 40 seconds later after taking advantage of a Meade turnover.
Ashley Comeau assisted Kostelec on Wilde Lake’s third score around the 10-minute mark, with Kostelec adding her second goal of the game about five minutes later. Nicki Blair made a great check on the Mustangs’ Pooja Patel to force the turnover. She quickly found Kostelc in transition, who ran it down, wrapped around the crease and scored.
“Our defense played phenomenal,” Kostelec said. “We had so many good checks on defense. I think our attack following up on transitions, from midfield that is such a big help. When we get those turnovers and we don’t have to run a full field that is phenomenal. And just overall, our passing and catching, just fundamentals I think we are finally getting a good grasp on.”
Comeau pushed the Wildecats lead to five with 1:31 remaining in the half, and with 36 seconds to spare before the break, Kostelec buried her third goal of the game to push the halftime lead to six and notch her 100th career goal.
“That is a huge milestone for her,” Rhodovi said. “She was excited. I am very happy for her — 100 goals that is a lot, especially in high school.”
Wilde Lake held on to the shutout heading into halftime, with its defense playing exceptionally well forcing Meade into tough shots. Jenna Oler (19 saves) had her usual stout performance, but wasn’t tested too much on frame, especially in the first half. The Mustangs got off five more shots to end the half, but could not break through.
“I was very happy with the way the team played defensively today,” said Wildecats coach Michael Rhodvoi. “They just all clicked, from even moving it to transition to moving it up the field. Everything kind of clicked today. They played really hard and everything we practiced actually, moving them to the side, playing to the allies, not playing in front, it just all worked today. Jenna was good. She was on her game, but the defense definitely stepped up today.”
Hannah Brooks broke up the shutout 10 minutes into the second period, as she beat Oler on a free position from the center hash.
Comeau responded with a goal midway through the half, picking up a ground ball in front of the net and placing her shot past Britney Mills (9 saves) to boost the Wildecats lead to 7-1.
Following a turnover by the Mustangs, Oler made a deep 30-yard throw on the clear to Aubin, who ran it down and put away her second, and her team’s eighth goal of the game.
“Ashley played amazing today. She was out of her mind today, [but] a lot of the girls stepped up,” Rhodovi said. “Ashley stepped up, Tori [Tobias] was just re-defending, and that was the other thing. The attack, I’ve been telling them since day one. If you want the glory in the 30 yards then you’ve got to run the entire 90 that you’re going to play and today everybody did it. So it was a good all around effort by everybody. They all played really well. I was very happy with them.”
Brooks added one more for Meade, finishing on the assist from Erin Heritage to cut the deficit to six with 9:44 to play, but the Wildecats buckled down with Oler making four more saves to end the day and solidify the, 8-2, outcome.
“It is very nice to come back and have a win and it is a meaningful win,” Rhodovi said. “It wasn’t like a run away. They had to fight for it. Meade played really well. It was not a given. The girls really had to connect and it was good. We needed a good win like this.”
The Wildecats hope to take their momentum in their next outing Friday, as they hit the road to take on Atholton for a 7 p.m. matchup.
Wilde Lake 8, Meade 2
WL (1-2 county, 3-4 overall)
Goals: WL — Kostelec 3, Aubin 2, Comeau 2, Daugherty 1; M — Brooks 2.
Assists: WL — Christopher 1, Comeau 1.
Saves: WL — Oler 19, M — Mills 9.
Halftime: 6-0, Wilde Lake
Around the league:
Mt. Hebron 13, South River 12 OT
The Vikings won their third-straight game Wednesday in dramatic fashion, as they went on the road and defeated the Seahawks in overtime.
Lexi Arens rounded the crease looking for an open cutter and saw Erin Demek breaking free of the pack atop the 8-meter. Arens immediately lofted a pass to Demek, who caught and finished the assist to cement the Vikings the 13-12 extra time win.
Arens led the way with four goals and five assists in the win. Demek finished with a team-high four goals, with Megan Pallozzi and Kaitlin Rice following with three, while Christina Bodziak added three assists. Jen Schaaf was crucial in net, registering 15 saves in the victory for Mt. Hebron.
The Vikings will resume play Tuesday, April 25 when they hit the road to face Arundel for a 5:30 p.m. matchup.
MH (2-2 county, 7-3 overall)
Goals: MH — Demek 4, Arens 3, Pallozzi 3, Rice 3.
Assists: MH — Arens 5, Bodziak 3, Connell 1, Miller 1.
Saves: MH — Schaaf 15
Glenelg 16, Broadneck 5
The Gladiators stepped up to allow one goal in the second half against the Bruins on Tuesday, and rattled off 11 goals in the final 25 minutes to propel the 16-5 victory.
Glenelg took a 5-4 lead at the break, but a dominating second half resulted in its ninth-straight win.
Alayna Pagnotta led the Gladiators with four goals. Lindsay Letellier followed with three goals and two assists, while Anna Callahan added three goals and one assist. Maddie McSally made six saves in net.
Glenelg is back in county play Friday, with a big matchup against Marriotts Ridge, with the winner claiming the top spot in the county standings. Game is set for 7 p.m. at Glenelg High School.
G (3-0 county, 9-0 overall)
Goals: G — Pagnotta 4, Callahan 3, Letellier 3, Esmond 2, Giampalmo 1, Renehan 1, Scheinberg 1.
Assists: G — O’Brien 2, Letellier 2, Esmond 1, Renehan 1, Callahan 1.
Saves: G — McSally 6.
Halftime: 5-4, Glenelg.
RH (4-2 county, 5-2 overall) A (2-3, 2-7)
Goals: RH -- Gaby Hamburger 3, Devon Filippone 2, Zarah Kelleher 1, Kate Essman 1, Kelly Midas 1, Gracie Seybold 1, Allie Margolis 1; A -- Kelley Flynn 5, Ella Farris, Paige Gryski 1, Olivia Chory 1
Assists: RH -- Julia Smith 1, Devon Filippone 1, Allie Margolis 1, Gaby Hamburger 1; A -- none
Saves: RH -- Annie Maloney 6; A -- Maddy Eaton 8
Marriotts Ridge 18, Reservoir 6
MR (3-0 county, 7-1 overall), Re (3-3, 4-5)
Goals: Re — Armstrong 3, Tiller 1, Sadzewicz 1, King 1.
Assists: Re — Tiller 1
Saves: Re — Hyde 7.
Halftime: 13-3, Marriotts Ridge.
Centennial 18, Long Reach 4
The Eagles ended a two-game losing skid with a victory over the hosting Lightning Wednesday.
Centennial took a 13-3 lead at the half and finished with eight different goal scorers in the game. Madi Griffin led the way with four goals and an assist, Marissa Lagera followed with three goals an assist, while Claudia Pilcher added two goals and a game-high two assists. Sarah Thorman finished with five saves in net for the Eagles, while Leah McClelland finished with five saves as well for Long Reach.
Lindsey Smith led the Lightning offensively with two goals, while Erin O’Reilly and Lydia Awebwa added the following two scores.
Centennial is back in action Thursday against Oakland Mills, while Long Reach will resume play Friday at River Hill.
C (4-2 county, 5-4 overall), LR (0-3, 1-5)
Goals: C — Griffin 4, Lagera 3, Pilcher 2, Pistner 2, Welsh 2, Florenzo 1, Klomparens 1, Moore 1; LR — Smith 2, O’Reilly 1, Awebwa 1.
Assists: C — Pilcher 2, Griffin 1, Lagera 1, Welsh 1.
Saves: C — Thorman 5; LR — McClelland 5.
Halftime: 13-3, Centennial.
North County 18, Oakland Mills 2
OM (0-1 county, 0-5 overall)
Goals: OM — Robertson 1, Smelkinson 1.
Saves: OM — Sellman 16.
Archbishop Spalding 9, Glenelg Country 8 (Tuesday, April 18)
AS (6-2 IAAM A, 10-2), GCS (5-2 IAAM A, 9-2 overall),
Goals: AS — Strump 3, Eden 2, Garden 2, Piccirilli 1, Beardma 1; GCS — Ayer 3, Marshall 2, Haney 1, Arnold 1, Bateman 1.
Assists: AS — Eden 2, O’Neal 1; GCS — Arnold 3, Glaros 2.
Saves: AS — Paige 8; GCS — Dyer 11.
Catholic 18, Chapelgate 0 (Tuesday, April 18)
C (10-0 IAAM C, 10-0 overall), CCA (1-6 IAAM C, 1-7)