After losing a tough matchup to Notre Dame Prep last time out, Glenelg Country came with a goal of moving the ball around to jolt its offense when it took on Severn Monday.
It worked to fruition as Blair Byrne and Maggie Weisman each had three goals and an assist to lead the Dragons in a rout over the Admirals, 14-2.
“We struggled last game out against NDP only scoring four goals,” Glenelg Country coach Brian Reese said, “so we really made an emphasis to keep the ball moving, share the ball and whoever is open is going to score and I think we did a really good job of that today.”
The Dragons showed their scoring depth as six different players recorded goals in the first half with nine different girls scoring throughout the game. Stephanie Marszal, Jaclyn Marszal, Josie Pell, Lena Doreen and Caroline Rehder also found the back of the net.
Reese said one of the team’s strengths is getting out in transition, but their success lies on both ends of the field.
“We have a lot of speed this year so getting the ball from the defensive end up the field and getting those goals where the ball is moving and we have a lot of passes to an open cutter, it’s awesome to see,” he said. “Our defense the last two games has been great, our goalies have been great and getting some turnovers, helping each other out and getting some sticks on the ball and that starts our transition going the other way which allows us to have those nice pretty breakaway goals.”
Nowhere was this better exemplified than the eighth goal when the Dragons forced a turnover in the middle of the field. Byrne scooped the ball up and started a four-pass sequence that led to her getting a the final pass from Jaclyn Marszal as she broke in free to score.
The Dragons were nearly on the board just 10 seconds into the game after winning the opening draw control, but the shot was stopped by Severn goalkeeper Arielle Hillock (nine saves).
Using her stick as well as some excellent footwork, Hillock did her best to keep her team in the game.
“Arielle is the reason that that game was close in the first half,” Severn coach Kathy Rudkin said. “She’s amazing for us, she makes so many saves. I’m just so impressed with her and her composure today. She’s such a great goalie and she’s one of those goalies who came off an ACL tear last year, so she would have been completely out for the season if we had one. She’s worked really hard to get back to where she is and I’m really really proud of her as a coach.”
“The reality is we are trying to build this culture and build back to where we want to be,” Rudkin said. “We had some players really put in a lot of effort and we could not take care of the ball today. We kind of had some unforced turnovers. They came up with a lot of great draw controls, they have some really amazing players.”