Girls soccer: Oldfields can't stop Dragons

Chloe Lewis had two goals, including a header off a corner kick from Ashley Mink, as Glenelg Country School overwhelmed Oldfields, 8-0.

The win, the fifth for the Dragons in the C Conference of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland league, moves the team ahead of Baltimore Lutheran and into fourth place. The win is also the fifth straight for Glenelg Country, now 5-3 in the league and 7-3 overall.

Tala Ahmadi, Emily Schreffler, Ninah Dawson, Sabrina DeLeonibus (header off of pass from Mink), Deja Hursey and Nicole Scruggs all had one goal apiece. Ashley Mink (three), Sammi Weiner and Christina Horne (two) had assists.

Shayna Keller (two saves) and Catelyn Gamble (three) split time in goal for the Dragons. They have registered four shutouts in their last five outings.

Glenelg Country has two regular-season games — Archbishop Spalding and Indian Creek — left before the playoffs start on Oct. 28.

Hawks finish unbeaten

River Hill beat Atholton, 1-0, on a Sheridan Street goal 33 minutes into the second half to finish the county season with a 10-0-1 record.

Alex Hamer collected a ball at the midfield and beat two Atholton defenders as she sprinted toward the goal. "She laid the ball across on the 6 and Sherida pushed the ball pass the goalie," said River Hill coach Brian Song.

"It was a very even first half, but with less than 10 minutes we lost our mark and they scored," said Atholton coach Stephanie Stoutenborough. "We came out strong in the second half and completely controlled the game, but once again we couldn't finish."

Carly Brunett had seven saves for River Hill. Darcy Bodziony had eight for Atholton, which beat Long Reach, 4-0, earlier in the week.

River Hill will host the District V championships on Tuesday. It's a doubleheader, with the girls playing at 5 p.m. followed by the boys game at 7. The game pits the Howard County champion against the Anne Arundel County champion.

Direct kick wins for Eagles

Jordan Coburn scored on a direct kick at the 9:39 mark to give Centennial a 1-0 shutout win over Marriotts Ridge.

"The foul which resulted in the direct kick and goal was questionable, but that is soccer for you," said Marriotts Ridge coach Robin Grey. "Still, I've got to give credit where credit is due. Jordan Coburn rocketed that ball into the net, near post upper corner. It was an amazing shot. My keeper didn't have a prayer."

"I knew this would be a difficult match up for us because Marriotts Ridge is such a fast team everywhere on the field. We have some bigger players who aren't as fast. As a result, this was more of a long-ball type of game for Centennial. We had to stretch the field in order to take the pressure off," said Steve Baxter, whose Centennial team finishes with an 8-1-2 county mark.

"We dominated possession much of the first half," said Grey, whose team finished the county with a 6-2-3 mark and 6-3-3 overall. "Centennial struggled to keep up with our speed and the offsides trap."

"Their offsides trap nailed us several times early and we gradually adjusted to that as the game went on," Baxter said.

"In the second half, they changed formations. As a result, we dropped a defender back, causing us to lose the physical presence in the center we had in the first half. We still held our own, but it wasn't the pretty possession we were playing in the first half," Grey said.

"The plan was to go to a 4-3-3 in the second half and force Marriotts Ridge to defend more," Baxter explained. "It was effective, but also a little scary at times. We were more vulnerable to counters with their speed and them having a little more space to work with in the midfield. Again, the speed of Marriotts Ridge is a difficult thing to deal with, especially when we moved our best player, Jordan Coburn, from central defense to forward. She instantly made an impact on offense.

"We were able to keep the ball in the middle of the field and deeper into their end more in the second half as a result of this change. This was something we wanted to experiment with against a strong team before going into the playoffs and I'm glad it worked out," Baxter added.

"Moving forward, my team impressed the heck out of me," Grey said. "We had a tough week and my girls handled it beautifully. I'm excited about the way we are playing right now. It is a great place to be as we go into the playoffs."

Jenna Bergquist had two saves for Marriotts Ridge and Katie Donegan had eight for Centennial.

Two double for win

Kelly Richards and Jen Giles both scored twice to lead Mt. Hebron to a 4-1 win over Hammond.

Madeleine Borowski scored for Hammond. It was her first goal the senior has scored in her four-year career. "Candidly, while clearly sports shouldn't be about individuals, in this instance, the team couldn't have been happier for her," said Hammond coach Mike Koplow.

Borowski is one of five players recognized on senior night. Aine Mangan, Hannah Force, Kelly Rugel and Audrey Zahlis were honored in addition ot Borowski.

Shannon Palmer and Tahlia Tavai combined for five saves for Mt. Hebron, which had 16 shots on goal.

Julia Reed had 12 saves for Hammond, which had six shots on goal.

Glenelg finishes with shutout

Glenelg scored in both halves to shut out Howard, 2-0. Ashley Wilkenson and Becca Pontius got the goals, with Kayla Renehan and Christina Kaminsky had assists in the win.

Brooke Carey had two saves for Glenelg and Liz Price had four for Hammond.

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