ELDERSBURG — Century’s offensive weapons came out to play Monday against Manchester Valley.
The Knights had seven different players score goals — three of which notched a share of assists — as the home team defeated the Mavericks 19-6. Since their season opening loss March 22 against Maryvale Prep, the Knights have reeled off seven straight wins.
Knights coach Becky Groves said her girls “tasted defeat” but it provided the team with a “catalyst” for wanting to improve.
“I think, as a team, we started off really slow because we were all coming off a bunch different sports and we all noticed that we do not like losing at all,” said sophomore midfielder Demma Hall. “At practice, we kind of talked about how we had to get it together and we did that and we’re playing like we should.”
Hall scored twice and added four assists for the Knights (7-1, 2-0 in the Carroll County Athletic League). Junior midfielder Grace Bruce added four goals and Maddie Bates and Christina Haspert each scored three goals and notched two assists.
Hall found Bates for two goals to help spark an 8-0 scoring run that carried through the majority of the first half of play. Bruce contributed three of her four goals in that scoring spurt.
Manchester Valley junior midfielder Josey Shaffer used a free position tally to get her team on the board with 3:06 left in the first half, and Mia Alvarez, one of the Mavericks’ five seniors, fired a low shot past Century goalie Brooke Harper with 2:13 left to give the Mavs a second goal.
Century led 9-2 at the break, however.
Bruce scored from the free position for her fourth goal to open the second half, but the Mavericks responded when Shaffer found junior defender Erin Piper for another MV goal to make it 10-3. Alvarez scored two free position tallies about five minutes apart, but the Knights outscored the Mavs 6-1 through the remainder of the contest.
Sophomore goalie Brynn Knight made six saves for the Mavericks (3-3, 1-2).
“I just think we have so many offensive weapons and you don’t really know who is going to be the leading scorer that day because the seven people on offense can all score,” Groves said. “They shut down somebody, OK, we’ll go with somebody else. It’s a great team offense and the ball is very shared, it looks great with them working off each other.”
The Mavericks endured a 9-8 loss at Westminster last week, but in thrilling fashion. MV coach Shelly Brezicki said she was proud of her team’s effort that evening, but the girls are still working on becoming a disciplined team. It goes in and out, depending on the night, and Brezicki said Monday’s loss was “uncharacteristic” of the Mavericks’ ability.
“We’re getting better every day, despite all of those things,” Brezicki said. “There’s things we’re still picking up that we’re like, ‘Wow, that was better than we did a week ago,’ so we’re asking a lot of the kids and I think they’re giving us what we’re asking for. I just think it’s going to take a little bit of time and it’s just going to be a little inconsistent here and there but we’re going to stay patient and know that it’s not necessarily about today, it’s about what happens tomorrow and the day after.”
Goals: MV-Mia Alvarez 3, Josey Shaffer 2; C-Caroline Little 2, Madison Plitt 2, Anna Hackett 3, Grace Bruce 4, Maddie Bates 3, Christina Haspert 3, Demma Hall 2.
Assists: MV-Shaffer; C-Bates 2, Haspert 2, Hall 4.
Saves: MV-6 (Brynn Knight); C-4 (Brooke Harper).
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Halftime: Century, 19-6.