Manchester Valley wasted no time in handling Magruder in its playoff opener.
The Mavericks rolled to a 23-0 victory over the visiting Colonels in a Class 3A West Section 1 quarterfinals Wednesday.
Eight different Mavericks found the net, and Wednesday’s game gave plenty of players an opportunity to see the field. Senior midfielder Mia Alvarez scored five goals and added an assist for the Mavs (9-6). Sophomore midfielder Maggie Azzam added four goals and two assists.
Junior attacked Kenzie D’Anthony contributed three goals and three assists.
“I think we played really composed and we’re really excited,” said Mavs senior midfielder Jeri Garland, who handed out six assists. ‘We knew going into this game that they weren’t on the same level of intensity as us but we wanted to keep our composure and look ahead.”
The Mavs scored three goals in 4 minutes, 21 seconds to take a 3-0 lead early and they continued to roll from there. Erin Piper, a senior defender, played a role in each of those goals — with two tallies and an assist.
Belle Wade found Savannah Flater for the Mavericks’ 10th goal, signaling the start of a running clock. Junior midfielder Josey Shaffer scored after her first attempt was stopped by Magruder goalie, Annie Peralta.
The Mavs had a 17-0 lead at the half, thanks in part to four goals from Alvarez and two goals and assists apiece from D’Anthony.
A few of Man Valley’s starters were pulled from the game after the Mavs went up 18-0.
“You see them improve in practice but that intensity or game feeling isn’t there,” Mavs senior midfielder Abby Ziegenfuse said. “To get that game feeling in a game-like situation prepares them for the future.”
The Mavs were leading 20-0 after Alvarez’s fifth goal and Ziegenfuse intercepted a Magruder pass to set up another offensive exchange for MV. The Mavs scored three more goals before time ran out.
Man Valley travels to Rockville on Friday for a sectional semifinal.
“I thought it was a good team showing with some things in any kind of game situation that we’re working on,” Mavs coach Shelly Brezicki said. “It was about us tonight. It was about improving on what we need to work on in order to improve in the playoffs. On any given day, obviously any team can win but we’re just looking to work on what we need to right now and focusing on us as a team.”