Glenelg's players had not forgotten that the only loss they suffered last year was to South River in the finals of the South River tournament.
The Gladiators won this year's South River tournament on Saturday by shutting out both Holy Cross, 6-0, and Bryn Mawr, 4-0. South River won the consolation game, 5-0, over Holy Cross.
"Our goal was to win this tournament," said Glenelg senior Alyssa Parker. On the day, she had five goals and assisted on three others.
Although her team is talented, Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid wondered how it would play after going nearly a week without practice due to the rain. Plus there were three untested starters and a fourth starter, a veteran, missed the first game because she was taking a college entrance exam.
"Amy Frazier, Maribeth Blonchek and Kendall Lutts stepped up to replace the graduated players and they played great," Kincaid said.
"I have to give Glenelg a lot of credit. They were a strong team of really good players," said Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzik, whose team played three games in less than 24 hours. The Mawrtians beat their archrival Roland Park, 2-1, the night before the tournament.
"We did have some shots" against Glenelg, Budzik said. "I really did feel like it went back and forth but when they scored and your legs are starting to wear …"
Glenelg had two goals in less than a minute in the second half as Parker and Danielle Baker traded assists with each other. That scoring flurry iced the game.
"That was great," said Morgan Philie. "It really let them know that we were there, we were in it and we weren't going to give up."
Bryn Mawr defeated South River, 3-2, in strokes in the first game of the tournament. The two teams were tied through regulation and one sudden-victory period.
"Can I tell you how many year's we've come here and I've asked (South River coach) Katie Corcoran, 'Are you sure you want us here?' " Kincaid said. "This (victory) was a real plus for us."
Glenelg 4, Bryn Mawr 0
Goals: G – Megan Guthrie, Alyssa Parker, Danielle Baker, Meghan Milani. BM – none.
Assists: G – Alyssa Parker, Danielle Baker.
Saves: G – Amanda Hoyt 6. BM – Claire Edelman 7.
Halftime: Glenelg, 1-0.
South River 5, Holy Cross 0
Bryn Mawr 0, South River 0 (OT)
(Bryn Mawr wins, 3-2, in strokes)
Glenelg 6, Holy Cross 0
Goals: G - Alyssa Parker 4, Danielle Baker, Emily Russo. HC - one
Assists: G – Alyssa Parker, Morgan Philie, Danielle Baker.
Saves: G – Amanda Hoyt 0. HC – Jill Genovese 6.
Halftime: Glenelg, 3-0
Garrison Forest tournament
Mt. Hebron split games in the Garrison Forest Tournament. The Vikings lost to Dulaney, 2-1, but beat Glenelg Country, 3-2. Glenelg Country was a last minute fill-in for the tournament. The Dragons had been slated to play in Howard High School's Betty Lang tournament, but it was canceled due to field conditions.
"We had not been on a field since last Friday,so I just wanted to play," said Glenelg Country coach Jessica McAdams, who jumped at the invitatation.
The Dragons lost to Garrison, 8-0.
"Allie Pickens (recovering from ankle sprain) and Sarah Bates played great! Amy Keth and Nicole Rieu were solid at midfield and defense," McAdams said.
Bates had 26 saves against Garrison.
Garrison 2, Dulaney 0
Mt. Hebron 3, Glenelg Country 2
Goals: MH – Tianna Wallpher, Emily Bishop, Haley Sutton. GCS – Lauren Smith, Allie Pickens.
Assists: MH – none. GCS – Nicole Rieu.
Saves: MH – Maddy Fisher 3. GCS – Sarah Bates 13.
Halfltime: Glenelg Country, 1-0.
Garrison 8, Glenelg Country 0
Goals: G - Marshall 3, A. Davis, Jarreett, King, Pritchard, Rossi. GCS – none
Assists: G - Adler 5, Jarrett, Marshall, Pritchard.
Saves: G – Mullan 1. GCS – Bates 26.
Halftime: Garrison, 4-0
Dulaney 2, Mt. Hebron 1
Goals: D – Jantzen, Buchko. MH – Sam Brookhart.
Assists: D – none. MH – Kelly Jones.
Saves: D – Schaffer 4. MH – Maddy Fisher 10.
Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 1-0.