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Atholton field hockey edges Marriotts Ridge, creates three-way tie for first

Marriotts Ridge field hockey's perfect county record was broken Thursday, Oct. 2 in a loss to Atholton at Marriotts Ridge High School in Marriottsville. (Megan Rufty/Baltimore Sun Media Group video)

Atholton had just one viable option in Thursday's game against Marriotts Ridge. The Raiders had to win.

In order to keep their county title hopes alive, Atholton had to hand the Mustangs their first county loss of the season.

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Mission accomplished.

"It was gritty, not as much pretty," said Atholton coach Martie Dyer after the game. "We won with tenacity."

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The Raiders' 2-1 victory has created a three-way tie in the county standings — Atholton, Marriotts Ridge and Glenelg each have one county loss.  There are three county games left in the season.

"This was huge. We've been looking forward to this game. We came into it know it would be a tough game and that if we all worked together we could win," said Atholton's Mollie Belson.

Belson scored on a stroke for the game's first goal. Seven minutes later freshman Rachel Foster scored Atholton's second goal off a cross from Jen Bleakney.

Four minutes after that Keally Ingersoll recorded a goal for Marriotts Ridge.

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"The ball rebounded off another player and I saw the inside corner of the cage was open and I just slammed it in there," she said.

All the scoring came in the first half of the game, but that didn't mean that the second half wasn't exciting.

"We tend to be a second-half team," said Marriotts Ridge coach Stacie Gado. Her team started playing and passing better after the intermission.

"It finally clicked. If we really do the passing, we'll take them out of their game and we did," she said.

The Mustangs had talked before the game and again at halftime how a pack is stronger than the individual.

Marriotts Ridge started beating Atholton to the ball and bringing it down into the attacking circle. However, until late in the game, what the Mustangs lacked was a sense of urgency.

"We needed to realize that time was clicking down and if we don't get a goal, we're still (behind)," Gado said.

Marriotts Ridge had the ball in its attacking end during much of the last two minutes of the game but could not tie things up.

"I was terrified," Bleakney said. "I was trying to pump everyone up and not panic myself. Everyone was trying to find the closest (Marriotts Ridge) girl that was open."

"We held them and that's what's important," Belson said.

Atholton goalie Emily Clinch had 13 saves.

The Marriotts Ridge defense also played well.

"I give our defense a lot of credit," Ingersoll said. "Without them it would not have been the same game."

Atholton 2, Marriotts Ridge 1

Goals: A — Mollie Belson,  Rachel Foster. MR — Keally Ingersoll.

Assists: A — Jen Bleakney. MR — none.

Saves: A — Emily Clinch 13. MR — Miranda Alam  6.

Halftime: Atholton, 2-1.

Other scores:

Reservoir 1, Oakland Mills 0

Just promoted from the JV team, Reservoir's Mary Kate Sisk had a memorable varsity debut against Oakland Mills.

The freshman forward scored the game's only goal with 1:20 left to play. The ball was pinging around the circle and Sisk, on the left post, popped it in the goal.

Since Sisk had never practiced with the varsity, coach Lindsay Beil gave her a quick tutorial on the bus ride to Oakland Mills.

The game "was competitive on both sides," Beil said.

Goals: Re — Mary Kate Sisk. OM — none.

Assists: none.

Saves: Re — Connie Chung 9. OM — Lizzie Yu 6.

Halftime: tied, 0-0.

Glenelg 1, Centennial 0

Goals: G — Hannah Doughty. C — none.

Assists: G — Grace Olson.

Saves: G — Noelle Frost 1. C — Anna Cosentino 10.

Halftime: Glenelg, 1-0.

Mt. Hebron 7, Wilde Lake 1

Howard 5, Long Reach 0

Glenelg Country School 3, Friends 1

River Hill 11, Hammond 0 (Wednesday)

River Hill improved its overall record to 8-3 with an 11-0 victory over Hammond Wednesday afternoon. It was River Hill's second victory in as many days.

The Stull sisters paced the Hawks' offense. Ally Stull had two goals and Kendall Stull had a goal and an assist. Maddie Rusenko had three assists in the game.

The loss dropped Hammond to 0-9 overall.

Goals: RH — Caleigh Covell 2, Ally Stull 2, Erin Barker 2, Ali Hovet, Gabby Hamburger, Evana DiPietro, Kendall Stull, Delaney Malone. Ha — none.

Assists: RH — Maddie Rusenko 3, Erin Barker 2, Gabby Hamburger 2, Jillian Kelley, Kendall Stull.

Saves: RH — not available. Ha — Kathleen Morais 13.

Standings (as of Oct. 2)

Atholton, 7-1 county, 9-2 overall

Marriotts Ridge, 7-1, 9-2

Glenelg, 7-1, 8-2-1

River Hill, 6-2, 8-3

Mt. Hebron, 5-3, 7-4

Howard, 5-3, 5-4

Centennial, 4-4, 5-6

Reservoir, 3-5, 5-6

Long Reach, 3-5, 4-7

Wilde Lake, 1-7, 1-8

Hammond, 0-8, 0-9

Oakland Mills, 0-8, 0-10

Glenelg Country School, 1-4 (IAAM B), 2-5

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