Missing a key player who was on a college visit, it took a while for Marriotts Ridge to find the right line-up combination and its rhythm Saturday.
Eventually, the Mustangs overcame a slow start to win the Stick it to Cancer Tournament that they hosted by beating Liberty, 5-3, and Patterson Mill, 9-1.
The Liberty game was tied, 2-2, before Marriotts Ridge took the advantage.
"Without having Keally [Ingersoll] today, we had to rearrange our line-up. With that and the unexpected hustle and talent of Liberty, we were scrambling a bit in the first half," said Marriotts Ridge coach Stacie Gado.
By the second game, though, Gado's team had worked out the kinks. The players were coming back to the ball, making quick passes and playing with confidence.
"The girls clicked this game," Gado added. "There was a beautiful flow of the ball on the field. It was fun to watch."
Allie McAuley had a total of five goals for the Mustangs, who now have a 4-0 overall record.
Liberty went 1-1 in the round-robin tournament, and Patterson Mill was 0-2.
With a shoot-out contest for non-players and a bake sale and donations, Marriotts Ridge raised more than $400 for Stick it to Cancer, which donates all proceeds to the National Federation for Cancer Research.
Marriotts Ridge 5, Liberty 3
Goals: MR — Allie McAuley 2, Caroline Blalock, Bridget Cavanaugh, Sarah Bengermino. L — Branin Ward, Hannah Miller, Emma Tilson.
Assists: MR — Bridget Cavanaugh 2, Bailey Souder, Caroline Blalock, Emy Nelson. L — Hannah Miller, Abigail Busch.
Saves: MR — Miranda Alam 2, Katie Garman 5. L — Grace Fenner 9, Kateri Rosenburg 3.
Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 2-1.
Liberty 1, Patterson Mill 0
Goals: L — Branin Ward. PM — none.
Saves: L — Grace Fenner 3. PM — not available.
Halftime: tied, 0-0.
Marriotts Ridge 9, Patterson Mill 1
Goals: MR — Allie McAuley 3, Emy Nelson 2, Bailey Souder, Caroline Blalock, Shay Clevenger, Jenny Chi. PM — Julianne Gabor.
Assists: MR — Bailey Souder 4, Caroline Blalock, Allie McAuley. PM — Natalie Barco, Molly Egan.
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Saves: MR — Katie Garmin 2. PM — Emily Pascoe 8, Grace Baltimore 8.