A year ago Mt. Hebron beat Glenelg by a single goal — twice. Friday, the Vikings doubled their margin of victory in an exciting game, which was moved to Cedar Lane Park because of impending rain.
Chachi Kelehan’s open net goal with 38 seconds left clinched Mt. Hebron’s 8-6 win and kept the Vikings undefeated (7-0) in county play.
Marriotts Ridge, an 18-11 winner over River Hill, is also undefeated in county competition.
Kelehan got the shot when Glenelg goalkeeper Megan Taylor came out of the goal circle to double-team on defense as the Vikings were trying to spread to score.
“They came out in a spread with about 2 minutes left,” Taylor said. “We knew they are really good with keeping the ball and we knew only way we could get the ball was if they dropped it, made a bad pass or scored.”
Glenelg got possession of the next draw but turned the ball over in front of Mt. Hebron goalie Maddy Fisher.
“I picked the ball up and cleared it to Tianna (Wallpher) and she held it for the final seconds,” Fisher said.
The two teams are traditional rivals
“About 10 years ago, they were like the No. 1 team in the nation and I think since that time everyone has always been out to beat Hebron,” said Glenelg’s Stephanie Asher. She did her best, scoring a game-high three goals.
“Glenelg’s always a tough game,” said Mt. Hebron coach Trish Derwart. “Their goalie is tremendous and she certainly made things difficult for us.”
Taylor had 15 saves in the game, many from point-blank range. The sophomore keeper made six consecutive saves in the second half
With 10 saves, Fisher also had a spectacular game.
The Vikings’ offense tried to work an inside feed.
“That’s an area we’ve really worked to improve on,” Derwart said. “More of an inside game was something that we thought could throw Glenelg off.”
Without the alert play of Taylor and her defense, it might have.
Jen Giles put Mt. Hebron on the scoreboard first. Just after the opening draw, she picked up a ground ball and raced to goal.
“I took the ball left and shot to the far post,” said Giles, whose score came six seconds into the game.
“She made a really good shot. That kind of startled us for a second,” Taylor said.
Soon afterward, Giles added Mt. Hebron’s second goal.
Glenelg’s offense then got to work, but it had to play catch-up most of the game as Mt. Hebron always seemed to be a goal or two in front.
“I thought the girls did a good job of maintaining their composure. …and letting the ball do the work, that gave us the edge that we needed,” said Derwart.
Mt. Hebron is scheduled to play at Marriotts Ridge Friday, April 26. In all likelihood, the game will determine the county championship.
Mt. Hebron 8, Glenelg 6
Goals: MH – Jen Giles 2, Sam Brookhart, Meghan Doherty, Chachi Kelehan, Lauren Schaaf, Jordan Stevens. G – Stephanie Asher 3, Danielle Baker 2, Tagne Vandewall.
Assists: MH – Sam Brookhart, Jen Giles, Jordan Stevens. G – none.
Saves: MH – Maddy Fisher 10. G – Megan Taylor 15.
Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 4-3.
Marriotts Ridge 18, River Hill 11
River Hill gave Marriotts Ridge the kind of test it had been looking for, but led by Zoe Stukenberg’s six goals Marriotts Ridge won, 18-11.
Julia Collins had five tallies for River Hill.
“I’m glad that we came up with a win,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Natalie Gaieski.
Goals: MR – Zoe Stukenberg 6, Marissa Davey 4, Taylor Hensh 3, Lexi Souder 2, Maggie Brooks 2, Caroline Corbliss. RH - Julia Collins 5, Jenna Collins 2, Kelly Maloney 2, Abigail Thielemann, Kendall Stull.
Assists: MR – Jenna Kerr 3, Taylor Hensh 2, Alexis Zadjura. RH – not available.
Saves: MR – Rachel Ortell 7. RH – Stephanie Paxson 4.
Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 10-7.
Howard 21, Reservoir 8
Goals: Ho – Abbey Groft 7, Kristen Woolschlager 5, Catherine Sims 2, Kelsey Savje 2, Kelly Aquino, Molly Hart, Sarah Wendt, Taylor Motley. Re – Alexis Bartley 3, Natalie Raymond 3, Leah Monroe, Anna Janush.
Assists: Ho – Kelly Aquino 2, Sarah Wendt 2, Taylor Motley 2, Maddie Regal. Re – Leah Monroe.
Centennial 14, Oakland Mills 3
Goals: C - Gavlin 3, McIntyre 2, Wilson 2, Hsieh 2, S.Albornoz, Hutzell, Paterson,M. Oliver, Sams
OM- Slaughter 2, Farrall
Assists: C- S.Albornoz 2, Paterson 2, Hutzell, Hsieh, M.Oliver, Canby
Saves: C- Albornoz 4, Cosentino 2
OM- Warrell 4
Atholton 17, Long Reach 8
Chapelgate 12, St. Timothy’s 11
The game went back and forth, but Chapelgate pulled out the victory when Christina VanWingerden scored in the last two seconds of play to give her team a 12-11 win over St. Timothy’s on April 19.
The goal was VanWingerden’s third of the game. Emma Rufolo led Chapelgate with four goals.
Sydney Thomas had five goals and Kristen Kunaniec added for four St. Tim’s, which won the first meeting between the two teams, 10-9.
St. Tim’s won the first meeting of the two teams, 10-9.
Because Chapelgate’s schedule was rearranged, the Yellowjackets will play eight games in 14 days.
Goals: CCA – Emma Rufolo 4, Christina VanWingerden 3, Julia del Carmen 2, Katherine Cameron 2, Jennifer Yahiro. ST - Sydney Thomas 5, Kristen Kunaniec 4, Sophie Cutts 2.
Assists: CCA - Emma Rufolo, Jennifer Yahiro, Hailee Winand. ST – not available.
Saves: CCA – Kaitlyn Wetzel 4, Emily Roberts 3. ST – Doni Smith 4, Sophie Strome 3.
Halftime: Chapelgate, 7-6.
Seton Keough 11, Glenelg Country 3
In addition to losing to Seton Keough, the Dragons may have lost Marissa Burks for the season due to an injury.
Standings (as of April 19)
Marriotts Ridge, 7-0 county, 9-0 overall
Mt. Hebron, 7-0, 9-1
Howard, 4-1, 6-2
River Hill, 5-2, 7-3
Glenelg, 4-2, 5-3
Atholton, 4-3, 7-3
Centennial, 3-4, 3-5
Long Reach, 2-5, 2-5
Wilde Lake, 1-4, 2-5
Hammond, 1-5, 1-6
Reservoir, 1-6, 2-8
Oakland Mills, 0-7, 0-7
Glenelg Country, 2-6 IAAM B, 2-6
Chapelgate, 6-3 IAAM C, 7-3