Glenelg Country's defense shines in girls soccer loss against Mt. Carmel

Give credit where it’s due.

Glenelg Country School’s defense held Mt. Carmel’s Jada Talley to a single goal Thursday afternoon.

Talley, a returning all-star in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland, had already scored 25 goals this fall. Five of those came against conference rival Indian Creek on Monday.

Unfortunately, that one goal Thursday was all Mt. Carmel needed for a shutout victory, 1-0, over Glenelg Country at Western Regional Park.

Talley struck early for the Eastern Baltimore school, about two minutes into the game, when she found herself alone at the top of the box, looking right at keeper Minahil Choudry.

“I remember (Talley) from last year,” said Glenelg Country coach Christy Mink, whose team suffered its second loss in three games. The Dragons are now 7-2 overall.

“We didn’t recover” from that early goal, she added. “We had many opportunities but we couldn’t capitalize and put the shots up that we needed to.”

The Dragons had beaten Key, 7-0, a day earlier. “Yesterday we were one (team),” Mink said. “Today we weren’t 11 strong.”

“We lost to them last year, so this is a big win for us,” said Mt. Carmel’s Amanda Simms.

Mt. Carmel is in the Red Division of the IAAM C Conference and currently in second place behind Park, which beat Glenelg Country, 4-1, last week. Talley said her team could again face Glenelg Country, which leads the C Gold division. “Today we got to see what they are about,” she said.

After Talley’s early blow, Catelyn Gamble became her shadow. “After the first goal, Catelyn really marked on her. She was everywhere with her,” said defender Megan Steeley.

Ninah Dawson also stepped up to shut down Talley, added Chloe Lewis. “Ninah stayed with her a couple times and shut her down and just took her out.”

Steeley also had an outstanding performance, shutting down Mt. Carmel threats throughout the game.

“The defense, especially Megan, played well. She had one of the best games I’ve seen her have,” said Sabrina DeLeonibus, who stood out on offense.

But Glenelg’s offense sputtered. “The touches weren’t there and the passes weren’t there,” said DeLeonibus. “Everyone was a little off.”

“It just wasn’t our game. Our shots were there but they weren’t falling. We had really good shots and the keeper had really good saves,” said Dawson, referring to Mt. Carmel keeper Katie Clark.

Glenelg’s offense had golden opportunities in the last 10 minutes. But Lewis’ shot soared over the cage, a shot by Dawson off a corner kick missed its mark, and Clark hung onto a line drive from Deja Hursey with eight minutes left. Then, with about 30 seconds left on the clock, Hursey hit another line drive, perhaps the Dragons’ best shot of the afternoon, but again Clark withstood the challenge.

“We need to play to together in the first half,” said Lewis. “The second half is usually when we show all of our heart. In the last minutes we play hard. We need to find something that makes us do that from the very start and I guarantee we can beat anybody. As a team, we are very good.”

Choudry had five saves for Glenelg Country.

Howard's Elbeck breaks Marriotts Ridge in OT

Howard got a goal from Nia Elbeck in the first overtime period to upset Marriotts Ridge, 1-0.

Katie Cocozza played the ball over top from mid field, and the defender “misjudged” the ball which ricocheted into the path of Elbeck for a breakaway, said coach Nick Zaron. “She dribbled around the goalie and scored.”

Marriotts Ridge keeper Jenna Bergquist “made a number of great saves in the first half, a few off crosses and corner kicks,” added Zaron, whose team is now 4-3 in the county and 6-4 overall.  

Marriotts Ridge “definitely came into the game tonight not at 100 percent. They were banged and bruised from the weekend tournament and from playing against Long Reach the night before,” Zaron said. “We were able to use that to our advantage. This was our only game of the week so we were fresh and ready.”

Leah Bialecki played well at center back, as did center midfielder Emma Bruzdzinski, Zaron said. “Both of our goal keepers (Liz Price and Cassidy Burns) read the game well and came off their lines to make safe plays.”

“Howard played to their strengths early on,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Robin Grey. “We struggled to adjust to the turf. Although we pulled it together and dominated play in the second half, we missed all the opportunities we created. I felt for the girls because I know they gave me everything they had.  

“Howard got a break and took advantage with the play to Elbeck in overtime,” she added. “That said, having to play back-to-back definitely took its toll. Couple that with some unfortunate injuries and it made for rough night. Tomorrow, we regroup and move forward.”  

Marriotts Ridge, now 5-1-1 in the county, lags behind league-leader River Hill. The Mustangs will need some help from county rivals in stopping unbeaten River Hill (7-0) if they want a piece of the county title. They go head-to-head on Oct. 12. Both have four county contests remaining.

Double digits for River Hill

Eight players scored as River Hill shut out Hammond, 10-0.

Alex Hamer and Jan Voyton both scored twice in the win, thetenth of the season for the league-leading Hawks, and Jessica Hopkins had a goal and two assists.

Hamer got the first goal of the game in the first minute of play, off an assist by Katie Arensmeier. She also scored in the second half, on an assist by Sheridan Street.

Voyton’s first goal was assisted by Callie Allen and Julia Jannetti assisted Voyton’s second.

Becca Higgins (assisted by Allen), Street (Arensmeier), Colleen McKenna (Hopkins), Hopkins (Michaela Hennessy), Emily Morris (Hopkins) and Maddie Haugh (Allie Morris) also scored.

Extra time suits Centennial

If Centennial can get to overtime, there’s a good chance the Eagles can pull off the win.

For the second straight game, Centennial won a double-overtime contest. Atholton was the victim last week. Thursday it was Long Reach, 3-2, as Ruthie Lucas headed in a cross for the game-ending shot.

Centennial, which has now won three of its last four games after going 0-4-1 in its first five games this fall, scored twice in the first half, both times on penalty kicks. Carolyn Eichhorn got both goals.

Centennial’s first opportunity came when Reese Western got around her defender and was tripped in the box. Eichhorn took the kick – and a re-kick awarded when officials ruled an opponent was in the box early -- and buried it in the corner. 

Thirteen minutes later, Western was tripped again. Eichhorn buried this penalty kick one as well.  Western, a freshman, “deserves a lot of credit for putting Long Reach under pressure many times throughout the game. She also earned at least three corners with her work along the end line,” Baxter said. 

Long Reach also had a penalty kick in the first half. Keeper Lindsay Davis made the save.

Long Reach rallied in the second half with “intense play and precise passing,” said coach Erik Sandersen. Sixty-four minutes into the game, Kristen Fawole converted a penalty kick -- the fourth awarded in the game -- and four minutes later Fawole put home a header off a cross from Heather Glasser to force the game into overtime.  

Midway through the second extra frame, Centennial scored off a cross. Eichhorn “sent the corner in and it was headed right back to her. She sent it back into the box” and Lucas headed it in for the win.

“I am extremely proud of all of our players who fought hard to recover from 2-0 halftime deficits two days in a row, only to fall short by one goal each time,” Sandersen said, referring to a 2-1 loss to Marriotts Ridge a day earlier. Last week, Long Reach needed a second overtime period to beat Howard. “We will look to grow from these frustrating outcomes and work hard to create positive outcomes in the weeks ahead.”

Baxter praised the play of Long Reach’s Fawole and Ana Rezaba. “They are an amazing combination up top. This is the toughest pair in the county.  They are always a threat to make something out of nothing to score a goal.  I was very impressed with their play.”

Centennial is 3-5-1 overall and 3-3 in the county. Long Reach is 6-4 and 4-3.

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