The Marriotts Ridge-River Hill game looked to be headed into overtime, but a Kat and a Bird wouldn't let it happen.
"I passed the ball to Natalie Bird and she passed it back to me," said River Hill's Kat Varga. "I dodged a girl and I went for the goalie's (wide open) legs. The ball was rolling really slow" toward the goal line.
A Marriotts Ridge defender flicked the ball away from the goal line, but ball came Varga's way and she smacked it into the cage.
Varga's score came with 59 seconds left in the game.
Marriotts Ridge called a time out to refocus, but in spite of the Mustangs' best effort to get into its attacking end and get a penalty corner called, they did not get an opportunity to get an equalizer.
"At the end of the day, River Hill got the job done and we didn't," said Marriotts Ridge coach Stacie Gado. The Mustangs have been in three consecutive 1-0 games.
"This was a very even game," said River Hill coach Shelly Chamness. "They really stretched us. They are so fast. That (wing) Molly Fleming is fast."
"We had to keep peeling back (defensively) to catch up with (Fleming)," Varga said.
River Hill played a power game that kept both teams scrambling to track down balls on the Hawks' fast field.
"They wanted to play to their right and we wanted to play to our right," Chamness said.
River Hill's Pauline Shih helped swing the play from side to side on the field.
"Pauline was awesome," Chamness said.
Defenders Katie Woolls, Delaney Hartson, Colleen Connors and Rachel Bade also stood out for the Hawks, and helped keep Marriotts Ridge from scoring.
"Katie and Colleen always have really powerful drives and they are guaranteed to get the ball out of the circle in a second," said River Hill goalie Emily Glass (seven saves).
Glass said Bade made several stick saves to help secure the shutout.
"I could completely see us going into overtime with Marriotts Ridge," Varga said. "It didn't feel like anyone dominated anyone. It was such a great game, it could have gone either way."
The Hawks dedicated their game to forward Kelsey Dillman, who received a cut on her cheek with less than 9 minutes to play in the first half. Her injury required two stitches.
"We were all kind of rattled with Kelsey out," Shih said.
"Marriotts Ridge is definitely a quality team. This is one game where you're glad that you came away with a win," Chamness said.
River Hill 1, Marriotts Ridge 0
Goals: RH - Kat Varga. MR – none.
Saves: RH - Emily Glass 7. MR - Sophia Hamilton 3.
Halftime: tied, 0-0.
Howard 7, Wilde Lake 0
Katja Randazzo had three goals and an assist and Arielle Abrams had a goal and three assists as Howard defeated Wilde Lake, 7-0.
Goals: Ho - Katja Randazzo 3, Emily Penn, Allison McLamb, Megan Green, Arielle Abrams. WL - none.
Assists: Ho - Arielle Abrams 3, Megan Green 2, Katja Randazzo, Emily Penn.
Saves: Ho - Lani Sasser 4. WL - Krina Suddeth 9.
Halftime: Howard, 4-0.
Mt. Hebron 4, Long Reach 0
Mt. Hebron bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Fallston on Monday to beat Long Reach, 4-0. Tianna Wallpher led the Vikings' charge with two goals and an assist.
"My girls played beautifully, we just need to finish," said Long Reach coach Rashmi Bhanot. "Nicole Grabowski, McKenzie Williams and Margot Gordon held together our midfield."
Goals: MH - Tianna Wallpher 2, Monica Linn, Haley Sutton. LR - none.
Assists: MH - Tianna Wallpher, Monia Linn, Sam Brookhart.
Saves: MH - Maddy Fisher 5. LR - Taylor Burfiend, 14.
Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 1-0.
Glenelg 7, Atholton 0
Goals: G - Meghan Milani 2, Danielle Baker 2, Meagan Guthrie, Emily Russo, Alyssa Parker. A - none.
Assists: G - Alyssa Parker 3, Meagan Guthrie, Emily Russo, Morgan Philie.
Saves: G - Amanda Hoyt 4. A - Camille Bulte 9.
Halftime: Glenelg, 5-0.
Centennial 6, Oakland Mills 0
Margaret Maclean had three goals and Erica Heaphy had three assists as Centennial defeated Oakland Mills, 6-0. Oakland Mills goalkeeper Celine Manneville turned away 20 shots in the game.
Goals: C - Margaret Maclean 3, Carey Whittenberger, Eryn Davis, Erica Heaphy. OM - none.
Assists: C - Erica Heaphy 3, Anna Kelly.
Saves: C - Caitlin Cleveland 1, Amanda Hendrix 1. OM - Celine Manneville 20.
Halftime: Centennial, 4-0.
Reservoir 1, Hammond 0
"Hammond came out blazing," said Reservoir coach Melissa Frye. "They played hard."
Frye's team was able to hold the Golden Bears off, however. Sydney Zester scored the game's only goal.
Hammond keeper Shannon Burt's 10 saves included stopping a penalty stroke.
Goals: Re - Sydney Zester. Ha - none.
Assists: Re - Laura Brothman.
Saves: Re - Olivia Lynch 1. Ha - Shannon Burt 10.
Glenelg Country School 3, Friends 0
After playing to a 1-1 overtime tie 24 hours earlier, Glenelg Country School and Friends were back in action Tuesday. This time Glenelg Country had the home field and took advantage of it.
On what was the Senior Recognition game for Allie Pickens and Marisa Jack, the Dragons dominated the Quakers winning, 3-0.
Lauren Smith put the home team on the scoreboard early in the first half when she scored during a penalty corner off an assist from Hannah Veater.
The second goal for the Dragons also came off a penalty corner as Mallory Papas snuck in a shot from Pickens that was going wide.
During the second half Smith scored her second goal of the day, lifting the ball behind the Friends goalkeeper off a pass from Ellie Mamula.
GCS held a 13-6 advantage on offensive penalty corners and an 11-6 advantage on shots on goal.
Sarah Bates made two saves for the shutout as the Dragons' defensive unit of Kevyn Jorgenson, Sarah Myers, Ellen Moxley and Pappas broke up the Friends attacking chances.
Goals: GCS - Lauren Smith 2, Mallory Pappas. F - none.
Assists: GCS - Allie Pickens, Hannah Veater, Ellie Mamula.
Saves: GCS - Sarah Bates 2. F - Franklin 4, Butler 3.
Halftime: Glenelg Country, 2-0.
Standings (as of Oct. 11)
Glenelg, 9-0 county, 11-0 overall
Marriotts Ridge, 7-2, 8-2
River Hill, 7-2, 8-2
Howard, 7-2, 7-2
Mt. Hebron, 7-2, 8-4
Atholton, 5-4, 6-4
Centennial, 5-4, 6-6
Long Reach, 2-7, 4-8
Wilde Lake, 2-7, 2-8
Reservoir, 2-7, 3-9
Oakland Mills, 1-8, 1-8
Hammond, 0-9, 0-10
Glenelg Country, 5-3-2 (IAAM B), 5-6-2