Glenelg Country scores early, defeats Key School in girls soccer

One of the strengths for Glenelg Country this season has been its ability to jump on teams early and force the opposition to play from behind.

That was the case again Tuesday against the visiting Key School as Deja Hursey scored just four minutes into the game to set the tone for the 4-1 victory. Glenelg Country finished the Interscholastic  Athletic Association of Maryland's C Conference regular season undefeated and earned the top seed for the playoffs.


"We accomplished our goal of going undefeated and had very few goals scored on us," Dragons coach Christy Cole said. "That is something we need to make sure we take care of in the playoffs,  keeping up the good defensive effort."

Hursey finished with two goals, while Chloe Lewis and Alisha Netus also scored for Glenelg Country (12-0 overall, 9-0 IAAM).


Goalie Karli Lawrence was back in the starting lineup after missing five weeks with a broken finger and had five saves.

After Hursey scored the early goal, Lewis added to the lead in the 21st minute when she dribbled around four defenders and calmly slotted the ball into the side of the goal and the Dragons were rolling.

"Everyone is just ready to go and we share the ball," Lewis said. "As long as we play to our highest ability, we will be fine."

Glenelg Country kept up the pressure in the first half and Kiersten Moore and Megan Boemmel each hit the cross bar within seconds of one another, but the score remained 2-0 at the half.


Glenelg Country is a balanced team with seven seniors, three juniors, 11 sophomores and seven freshman. Senior Sabrina DeLeonibus has a team-high 15 goals and two assists. Moore, a sophomore, has 12 goals and 10 assists, while the fresgman Netus has 11 goals and two assists.

The Dragons also came out firing in the second half. Netus increased the lead to 3-0 when she knocked in a rebound on a shot by Hursey.

Just three minutes later, Hursey added the fourth goal with an unassisted goal. She said the team has improved its tactics throughout the season.

"We have been playing balls more wide instead of the inside and our first touch as well," Hursey said. "As a team, we play as a unit as opposed to individually. You look at our stats and everyone is contributing with goals and assists. If we keep playing as a unit, we won't have any more touble."

Emma Johnson got Key (3-8, 3-6) on the board when she fired home a loose ball from about 12 yards in the 69th minute. Zags' goalie Lillian Zancajo-Lugo was stellar throughout the game and came up with several diving savings, including many from point-blank range.

Glenelg Country 4, Key School 1

Goals: GC-Hursey 2, Lewis, Netus; K-Johnson.

Assists: GC-Moore.

Saves: GC-Lawrence 5; K-Zancajo-Lugo 8.

Half: G: 2-0

Other scores:

Howard 4, Marriotts Ridge 0

The Lions celebrated senior night in style, with the team's first three goals being scored by seniors in the shutout victory.

Nia Elbeck converted a feed from Brianna Brown in the fifth minute to start things off and then she scored again (her 13th goal of the season) in the 29th minute off an assist from Hannah Weaver. Just three minutes into the second half, Weaver got a goal of her own off an assist from Sydney Mastalerz.

The final goal was scored by Tessa Walsh, her second of the year, and was set up by Haley Kappey and Julia Schmidt.

Senior goalie Marisa Grant pitched her second shutout of the season, helping Howard maintain a share of second place with a 7-3 county record.

Atholton 1, Long Reach 0

Goal: A – Sara Perry.

Assist: A – Victoria Huxtable.

Saves: A – Sage Mayhew 3; LR – Anderson 5.

Centennial 5, Reservoir 1

Wilde Lake 1, Glenelg 1 2OT

Oakland Mills 4, Hammond 1

River Hill 3, Mt. Hebron 0 (Monday)

Jessica Hopkins scored two goals and had an assist in the second half to lead the Hawks over the Vikings. Alex Hamer also had a goal.

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