Centennial posted its first win of the season with a 5-1 win over Mt. Hebron this week.
The Eagles came from behind after giving up a goal 13 minutes into the game to even the score by halftime and shut out Mt. Hebron over the final 40 minutes. Centennial is now 1-2 in the league standings and 1-4-1 overall.
“This turnaround started with the second half against Reservoir,” said Centennial coach Steve Baxter, recalling a loss on Sept. 11. “We dominated a solid team (Reservoir) for 40 minutes, but just couldn't score as we lost 1-0. Tonight, we were able to finish from inside the penalty box to score five times on 12 shots.
“We still have areas we must improve and will work hard to get better,” he added, after the Sept. 13 game against Mt. Hebron.
Anna Mitchell, a sophomore, led the offense with three goals and an assist. Ruthie Lucas and Darby Sinunu scored their first goals of the season.
Baxter said Mt. Hebron was “very dangerous on counter attacks” throughout the game.
Sammie Albornoz, Carolyn Eichhorn and Mitchell had assists for Centennial. No scoring details were available for Mt. Hebron.
Dragons still unbeaten
Sabrina DeLeonibus’ hat trick led Glenelg Country School to a 5-1 win over Baltimore Lutheran and its third straight win of the season.
Chloe Lewis and Deja Hursey also scored and both had assists as well for the Dragons. Glenelg Country had a 2-0 halftime lead.
Minahil Choudry had four saves in the net for the Dragons.
Another shut out for River Hill
Michaela Hennesey scored off a cross from Katie Arensmeier at 13 minutes to put River Hill in the driver’s seat en route to a 4-0 win over Wilde Lake.
With its third straight shutout, River Hill (5-0) is still unbeaten this season and has two county wins. The Hawks snapped Wilde Lake’s three-game win streak and handed the Wildecats their first league setback. Wilde Lake is 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the county.
Alex Hamer, Sheridan Street and Arensmeier also scored in the win. Arensmeier had three assists and Hamer one.
“We held them to one goal at the half, and we had some pretty good opportunities from Brynn Drury and Maria Pascale, but their team is very strong,” said Wilde Lake coach Davia Procida. She said her keeper, Lauren Hutchinson, made 12 saves, including a finger-tip save from a lofty volley from Street.
“We were definitely challenged the hardest we have been this season, and I am very interested to see how we bounce back from this game,” Procida added.
Crable sets up two goals
Samantha Price finished off a shot from Morgan Crable with four minutes left in the first overtime period to give Marriotts Ridge a 2-1 win and hand Atholton its first county loss.
“It is always a battle when the two of us meet,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Robin Grey, whose team is now 4-0 for the season and unbeaten in three county contests. “Much of tonight wasn't pretty for us. It definitely wasn't our best effort, but we were able to collect ourselves and finish it off in overtime to get the win.”
Crable assisted on the first goal of the Sept. 14 game, sending a direct kick to Alexis Zadjura, who finished it with 26 minutes left in the first half.
Price followed up a rejected shot by Crable. “They crossed the ball in. (Keeper) Darcey Bodziony drove and deflected it to the far post and (Price) followed it up and scored,” said Atholton coach Stephanie Stoutenborough.
Atholton's Maddie Boccio “took a heck of a shot, a long kick that just bent into the goal and completely out of our keeper’s reach” to tie the game in the second half, said Grey.
“At the half, we made adjustments which worked well for us initially, the first 25 minutes of play. But as Atholton began to step up their game, we began to panic, completely losing our composure. From that point forward, we played on our heels for the later part of the second half,” Grey added.
Keeper Jenna Bergquist “made some keys saves to keep us in the game, but the shot from Boccio was unstoppable. We should have never left her open to take that shot,” said the Marriotts Ridge coach.
“I knew we would get it done (in overtime) because I told the girls OT was a clean slate. They just needed to go out there, take possession, play our game and finish it off. They did just that.”
Bergquist had eight saves for Marriotts Ridge and Devon Bodziony and Sage Mayhew split time in the goal for Atholton. Bodziony had two saves and Mayhew four for the Raiders, now 2-1 in league play and 2-2 overall. Atholton has been involved in two overtime games already this season.
Reservoir win pleases Sullivan
Lilly Hermina got the last goal of the first half and that turned out to be the winning goal as Reservoir beat Glenelg, 2-1.
Hermina struck from about 30 yards out after settling a pass from Paola Rosa with about 10 left in the first stanza.
Delaney Reiff put Reservoir on the scoreboard first, much to coach Josh Sullivan’s surprise. Her flick “happened to find the side netting. From that angle, I was pretty shocked it went in, but we'll take it any way we can get it. Honestly, the first half was hard for either team to find a solid rhythm in the game.”
Glenelg tied the game midway through the first half on a goal by Sydney Peirce, assisted by Samantha Creese.
“It was a very nice counter attack,” said Sullivan. “They played the ball well out to the width and (Peirce) was there to receive the cross and volley it in. It was well executed.”
“We had a lot of great opportunities in front of the net and we were unable to capitalize on them,” said Glenelg coach Maureen Hammond, whose team is 0-3 to start the county campaign and 1-5 overall.
Sullivan said he is “very pleased” to start of 4-1-1 overall and 3-0 in the county, especially after a very slow start last fall. “I think early on we have been finding those ways to win, and now with a week off (before the next county game), we can really look to build on what we have and get completely healthy and develop as a team.”
Hammond said her team is also needs a break after the Sept. 14 game. “We played two hard and physical games this week and made some mistakes. We are looking forward to a long break to recover and work on fixing those mistakes before we play River Hill next week.”
Howard loses lead but rebounds
Howard let a 1-0 lead slip through its hands but rallied in the second half to beat Oakland Mills, 2-1.
Howard scored early, about 10 minutes into the game with senior forward Caitlyn Whitford winning the ball off an Oakland Mills defender, dribbling past a defender into the box and scoring with a low shot to the far post, said Howard coach Nick Zaron.
“At times we were able to keep the ball pretty well and move the ball around and from side to side, but unfortunately we couldn't find another goal in the first half. Our form started to dip near the end of the first half and Oakland Mills was able to take advantage of a free kick from about 20 yards out from the right corner.”
Gabby Vincent scored off the set piece with about eight minutes left in the first half.
“It was a tough to lose our lead again and go into the half tied, 1-1,” Zaron said.
In the second half, senior Emma Bruzdzinski took advantage of a free kick from about 25 yards out to score the winner.
“Emma played great today, whether it was in center mid winning the ball and starting the attack, or at center back stopping the Oakland Mills attack. She never stopped working. Emma missed all of her junior year recovering from an ACL surgery she had in the spring of her sophomore year. She was able to train with us at the end of last season for a few weeks and played a little bit in our last playoff game, so it's great to have her back,” said Zaron. “Now as a senior captain, she has really stepped up and is giving the team everything and has been fantastic.”
Zaron also praised the play of senior Leah Bialecki in the back. “She was tremendous, winning numerous 50/50 balls and slowing down the attack. There was a span in the game where Oakland Mills gained some momentum and Leah came up big with some great reads and tackles.”
This was the first county win for Howard, now 2-3 overall. Oakland Mills is also 2-3 overall and winless in the county.
Frierson’s five goals for naught
Chapelgate lost to Seton Keough, 7-5, Sept. 14.
The Yellowjackets were down, 3-2, at the half, and “turned it on again” but couldn’t hold off Keough.
“We didn't give 100 percent the whole game, but when we did for part of the game, we did well. Lydia Frierson played an amazing game with all five goals,” said coach Christen Gjeldum.
Adeeba Tabassam, Christina Vanwingerden, and Jennifer Lindauere each had one assist. Starting goalie Katherine Cameron had seven saves.
Chapelgate also lost to Friends, 7-0, this week.
Standings (as of Sept. 15, ranked first by county)
Marriotts Ridge, 3-0, 4-0
Reservoir, 3-0, 4-1-1
River Hill, 2-0, 5-0
Wilde Lake, 2-1, 3-2
Atholton, 2-1, 2-2
Long Reach, 1-1, 2-1
Mt. Hebron, 1-1, 2-2
Howard 1-2, 2-3
Centennial, 1-2, 1-4-1
Hammond, 0-2, 0-2
Oakland Mills, 0-3, 2-3
Glenelg, 0-3, 1-4
Glenelg County School, 3-0, 3-0 (IAAM C Conference)
Chapelgate 0-2, 0-4 (IAAM B Conference)