Hammond field hockey earned a tall drink of victory water after its 1-0 win over Oakland Mills Friday night.
It was the Golden Bears' first win since 2010, and their first win under coach Terry Smith.
The game winning goal came in a corner situation with a little more than seven minutes left in the game. The ball was inserted to Hadiya Hewitt who then passed to Maureen McGowan, who had the magic touch as she shot the ball past Oakland Mills keeper Celine Manneville (8 saves).
“I don’t even remember thinking anything. I was just at the goal at the right time and my team passed to me so I just shot it in the goal and I was lucky and got it in," McGowan explained.
The tension was high in the stands, as the first half saw mostly domination from the Scorpion squad.
“We’re always right there in the first half, even with the big dogs,” said Oakland Mills coach Nikki Trunzo, whose team had two offensive corners in the first half and several shots on goal. “Our team this year has an issue playing the whole 60 minutes and going to ball the entire game."
Indeed, the Golden Bears took control by earning nine offensive corners, one of which provided the opportunity for the win.
Throughout it all, there was plenty of heart and effort on both sides of the field. As the minutes dwindled down, Hammond fought to secure the victory, while Oakland Mills mounted a last ditch effort to send the game to overtime. But for this contest, it was Hammond’s turn to shine.
Hewitt, who played a strong, fast game, said, “I’m really excited. This was our first win of the season and I think we really deserved it. We’ve been working really hard for this moment.”
McGowan echoed the same sentiment: “We finally made it. We finally won. We’ve been working so hard and we won. That was exciting.”
Coach Smith recognized her team’s ability to work together as one of its biggest accomplishments this year, as well as the leadership of her goalie, Shannon Burt (6 saves), who she says has “become so confident and so strong.”
Hammond 1, Oakland Mills 0
Goals — Ha: McGowan; OM: none.
Assists — Ha: Hewitt; OM: none.
Saves — Ha: Burt 6; OM: Manneville 8.
Half — 0-0.
Around the league
Mt. Hebron 3, Howard 2
Mt Hebron found itself on the winning side of a tough encounter with Howard Friday afternoon. Howard started the game hard and strong. Cailey Tolson scored the first goal of the game just 42 seconds in off an assist from Courtney Barnwell. Mt Hebron’s Tianna Wallpher evened it up on a penalty stroke merely four minutes later. The game would stay tied until the last minute before the half when Tolson found the back of the net again.
Mt Hebron scored two unanswered goals in the second half to secure the win. Both teams had opportunities and shots, however, Mt Hebron got it done. This win propels them into a fun filled homecoming weekend.
Goals — MH: Wallpher, Linn, Sutton; Ho: Tolson 2.
Assists — MH: Bishop, Ukenholz; Ho: Barnwell.
Saves — MH: Fisher 7; Ho: Jakubek 9.
Half — 2-1 Ho
Atholton 8, Wilde Lake 1
Rachel Day led the Raiders offensively as they defeated Wilde Lake 8-1. This is the third game in a row that they have won with the same result.
Goals — A: Day 3, Stine, Graybeal, Cardea, Belson; WL: Cavanaugh
Assists — A: Stine 2, Graybeal 2; WL: none
Saves — A: Clinch 1; WL: Sudduth 12
Marriotts Ridge 3, Long Reach 0
Marriotts Ridge blanked Long Reach 3-0 Friday afternoon. After some line-up readjusting, Jasmine Williams found a spot on the Mustangs’ forward line. In the past two games she has had 3 goals and 2 assists.
Goals — MR: Williams, Kerr, Berdy; LR: none.
Assists — MR: Williams, Tuma, Nelson; LR: none.
Saves — MR: Hamilton 0; LR: Cote 8.
Half — 2-0 MR
Glenelg 12, Centennial 0
The Glenelg Gladiators had eight different players score as they defeated Centennial 12-0.
Goals — G: Russo, Asher (4), Taylor, Baker (2), Vanderwall, Pelkey, Philie, Lee; C: none.
Assists — G: Baker (2), Philie, Taylor (5), Vanderwall; C: none.
Saves — G: Goodman 4; C: Cosentino 27.
Standings (as of Sept. 28)
Atholton 6-0 county, 6-1 overall
Glenelg 5-0, 6-1
River Hill 5-1, 8-1
Mt Hebron 5-1, 7-1
Howard 4-2, 6-2
Marriotts Ridge 4-2, 6-3
Long Reach 2-4, 4-5
Centennial 2-4, 2-7
Hammond 1-4, 1-5
Wilde Lake 1-5, 1-5
Oakland Mills 0-6, 1-6
Reservoir 0-6, 0-9
Glenelg Country (IAAM B) 2-2, 3-3