Marriotts Ridge field hockey claims overtime victory

After a crushing loss on Friday, Marriotts Ridge rebounded Tuesday with an overtime win against River Hill 2-1.

Just a little over a minute into the overtime period, Marriotts Ridge was awarded a corner and took advantage. Senior Nicole Leaf put the ball past Lia Valdesuso (3 saves) to end the game.

Leaf was on the overtime squad as a defender, moving up offensively for the corner.

“It was the highest level of play we could have done on both sides. I thought we were hustling to the ball when we needed to; we were making the right passes,” Leaf said. “We’d have these moments where we’d panic and we’d lose it, but we got it back when it counted.”

The play took its turn in each end of the field. Both teams had opportunities. River Hill got on the board first when Sarah Rusenko found Angie Arensmeier with five minutes left in the first half.

The Mustangs seemed to deflate a little after the River Hill goal. Halfway through the second half, Mustangs’ coach Stacie Gado called a time out. The team came out reenergized and, at the ten minute mark, Marriotts Ridge evened up the score.

Morgan Jones, parked in front of Valdesuso, passed to Jenna Kerr who buried the ball. “After you score you can’t let down, there’s no time to celebrate,” Gado said. “We showed the intensity to keep pressuring the ball.”

There was no let up. The game went into overtime and, after a couple of fouls, River Hill found itself on the defensive side of a corner unable to clear the ball.

Despite the disappointment of the loss, the Hawks were pleased with their play.

“I think we played well. I give major props to their goalie [Sophia Hamilton, 9 saves],” River Hill coach Shelly Chamness said. “We had a 2 v 1 and she shut us down. I think it was a great game, our passing was good, we got to the ball quickly, everyone did their job.”

Marriotts Ridge 2, River Hill 1 OT

Goals: MR: Kerr, Leaf; RH: Arensmeier.

Assists: MR: Jones, Kerr; RH: Rusenko.

Saves: MR: Hamilton 9; RH: Valdesuso 3.

Half: 1-0 RH.

Other scores:

Oakland Mills 3, Centennial 2

Victory is sweet.

It’s even sweeter when it breaks a 13-game county losing streak.

Oakland Mills knocked off Centennial Tuesday afternoon, 3-2, to win their first county game since beating Hammond during the middle of last season. The Scorpions did defeat Frederick earlier this year.

Meg Minarcin was the catalyst. Coach Nikki Trunzo moved the midfielder to the forward line and she responded with all three goals in the first half.

She wasn’t alone. Trunzo acknowledges defender Maggie Zuelsdorf and goalie Celine Manneville for making sure everyone was marked and that the ball moved quickly out of their defensive end. She also credits Jordan Kerr and Meg Phillips for moving the ball up on the outside.

“They played both halves hard. They had strong passing in and out and moved the ball rather than chasing it,” Trunzo said.

Emelia Uribe tallied both goals for the Eagles.

Goals: OM: Minarcin 3; C: Arbaugh 2.

Assists: OM: Phillips; C: Uribe.

Saves: OM: Manneville 11; C: Cosentino 6.

Half: 3-1 OM.

Howard 4, Wilde Lake 0

Howard played a strong second half to come out ahead of Wilde Lake by four goals. Emily Penn led the offense for the Lions, scoring back-to-back for her 11th and 12th goals of the season.

Goals: H: Barnwell, Green, Penn 2.

Assists: H: Tolson.

Saves: H: Jakubek 3; WL: Boyer 14.

Mt Hebron 5, Long Reach 0

Tianna Wallpher and Haley Sutton took care of business offensively Tuesday against Long Reach. Wallpher tallied two goals and an assist, while Sutton scored three and assisted on another.

Goals: MTH: Sutton 3, Wallpher 2.

Assists: MTH: Sutton, Wallpher, Brookhart.

Saves: MTH: Fisher 0, Seitz 1; LR: Cote 14.

Glenelg Country School 2, Institute of Notre Dame 0

Lauren Smith scored a penalty stroke and Marissa Burks added another goal as Glenelg Country School bounced back after its loss to South River yesterday.

Goals: GCS: Smith, Burks.

Assists: none.

Saves: GCS: Bates 3, Johnson 3; IND: Macon 10, Moore 5.

Game to watch

Two undefeated teams meet Wednesday afternoon. Glenelg and Atholton square off at Atholton donning identical 8-0 county records.

Standings as of Tuesday October 9, 2012

Glenelg 8-0 in county, 9-1 overall

Atholton 8-0, 8-1

Mt Hebron 7-2, 10-2

River Hill 7-2, 10-2

Marriotts Ridge 6-3, 8-4

Howard 5-4, 7-4

Long Reach 4-5, 6-6

Centennial 3-6, 3-9

Reservoir 1-7, 1-10

Oakland Mills 1-8, 2-8

Wilde Lake 1-8

Hammond 1-8, 1-9

Glenelg Country (IAAMB) 4-3, 5-5

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