FREDERICK – After watching one of her crosses go through the goal area harmlessly in the first half of Saturday's game against C. Milton Wright in the Tournament of Champions at Tuscarora High, River Hill freshman forward Alexandria Hamer made a point to talk with fellow forward Sheridan Street at halftime.
It was an example of what the early season is all about.
When Hamer sent another ball across in the opening minutes of the second half, Street, a sophomore, made no mistake, burying the chance in front.
The result was the most impressive goal of the game — and Street's second — as No. 12 River Hill stunned No. 7 C. Milton Wright, 4-1.
"[Hamer] came over to me and said 'This is where I want you to be,' and the next time I was there," Street said.
After losing to host Tuscarora, 3-0, in the tournament opener on Friday night, the Hawks responded in a big way: Getting to the ball first against the athletic Mustangs, playing smart balls to create scoring chances and, most importantly, putting away the opportunities.
Street scored in each half, sophomore Callahan Allen neatly volleyed home a corner kick in front, and junior Kathryn Arensmeier made it 4-0 before the Mustangs got a goal from senior Jessica Canami in the closing minutes.
"We had opportunities today that we finished, whereas [Friday] we didn't finish those chances," River Hill coach Brian Song said. "I asked the girls how they felt, and they were not upset about [Friday's game], because they knew they played well. We just didn't take advantage of our opportunities, while Tuscarora did. I was happy how the girls responded."
River Hill senior midfielder Elizabeth Bamber finished with two assists and also sent a ball down the left side that Hamer collected and sent across for Street on the pivotal second goal.
Leonardtown 1, 4 Reservoir 0: With just two seniors and seven sophomores in the starting lineup, the defending Class 3A state champion Gators (0-2) are looking for positives on a smaller scale in the early season.
After a 3-0 loss to Urbana in the tournament opener Friday, they stayed on even terms until perennial state power Leonardtown got a goal from senior Lauren Snyder with three minutes left to claim the win.
The Gators got a strong all-around performance from junior All-Metro forward Amanda Jackson — who dropped back to central defense because of injuries to teammates — and senior midfielder Michelle Viegas.
"I felt we were much more composed with the ball and did a good job today," Reservoir coach Josh Sullivan said. "We earned eight corner kicks, and that was great to see. We just need to get on the other end of those chances. Being so young, we're just working on learning to play to our strengths."