Mt. Hebron coach Tim Deppen, now in his 19th year leading the Vikings girls soccer program, has been around long enough to know that no season unfolds without some sort of adversity. It’s the response to those situations that he says defines the path a particular team takes.
That’s why, following the team’s 2-0 opening-night loss against Marriotts Ridge last Friday, Deppen was so encouraged when junior center back Anna Hoover immediately told the team to keep their heads up while walking off the field.
“The first thing she said when we came together was ‘We played amazing tonight, don’t be mad at all about this game.’ The whole atmosphere was positive even though we had lost against Marriotts Ridge … so when we came into practice Monday we were pumped up and ready to go,” Deppen said. “I think that mentality is what set us up for the great week we just had.”
Building on a 1-0 win over Glenelg on Tuesday, Mt. Hebron sprinted past host Centennial 3-1 on Thursday night. Junior Adithi Arun scored two goals, senior Riley Benson had a goal and an assist and freshman goalie Claire Fitzsimmons made eight saves.
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After falling behind by a goal, as Centennial’s Lauren Pellegrini finished a breakaway with 13:44 remaining in the first half, Mt. Hebron (2-1) quickly responded. Benson scored on a breakaway of her own six minutes later to tie the score heading into halftime.
Then Arun added her two scores in the second half to give the Vikings the lead and some breathing room. The go-ahead score came in the first four minutes out of intermission off a rebound and the insurance tally came with just under nine minutes remaining off a lead pass from Jessie Barke.
“I think we were kind of in our heads a little bit at the beginning, but then after they scored we kind of just took a step back and relaxed,” Arun said. “We started connecting more, made some better runs and passes and that’s exactly how we got our first goal. Then in the second half we kept that confidence going.”
Centennial (1-2) coach Hank Hurren said he thought Mt. Hebron was more technical and got stronger as the game progressed.
“As time goes on and players tire, it’s the technical aspect that has a greater influence on the game,” Hurren said. “They also are much deeper than us. That’s a full squad over there and I think that played a factor too. They just came to grips with the game a bit more than we did and made the most of their opportunities.”
Playing from in front, Mt. Hebron’s defense did the rest as the team’s back line of Hoover, Lauren Gustafson and McKenna Bishop — along with defensive midfielder Katelyn Hanks — again showcased their ability to take over a game.
“I’m incredibly confident in our defense right now that we just aren’t going to give up a lot of opportunities,” Deppen said. “Against Glenelg, we allowed two shots and then I thought we continued that momentum by limiting the quality shots Centennial got tonight.”
Mt. Hebron 3, Centennial 1
Goals: MH — Arun 2, Benson 1; C — L. Pellegrini.
Assists: MH — Benson, Barke.
Saves: MH — Fitzsimmons 8; C — Bianchini 4, Jackson 3.
Atholton 3, River Hill 1
The Raiders (2-1) bounced back from their first loss on Tuesday against Wilde Lake by scoring twice in the second half to pull away from the Hawks (1-2). Senior Alyssa Clearfield scored two goals and assisted on the other goal scored by fellow senior Molly Flynn to lead the way for Atholton.
Goals: A — A. Clearfield 2, M. Flynn; RH — E. Devine.
Assists: A — A. Clearfield, A. Lubitz, T. Lau; RH — M. Florenzo.
Saves: A — S. Roerty 10; RH — C. Duffy 6.
Reservoir 1, Wilde Lake 0
A long strike by senior Kat Parris in the late stages of the first half, following a feed from fellow senior Maggie Scicchitano, was the difference in the shutout victory that keeps the Gators (3-0) undefeated. “Both teams had quality chances, near misses and big saves,” Reservoir coach Phil Ranker said.
Wilde Lake is now 1-1-1 on the season.
Goal: Re — Parris.
Assist: Re — Scicchitano.
Saves: Re — Dudzinski 7; WL — Hannah Lowry 15.
Half: 1-0 Re.
Long Reach 2, Hammond 1
The Lightning (1-1-1) won their first game by outlasting the Golden Bears (0-3) behind goals from Carmen Lloyd and Payton Holmes.
Goals: LR — Carmen Lloyd, Payton Holmes; Ha — Cam Johnson.
Assists: LR — Aleena Harrington.
Saves: LR — Kailey Leibe 3; Ha — Caroline Schreier 6, Brooke Kohlheim 4.
Marriotts Ridge 3, Oakland Mills 1
The Mustangs (3-0) stayed undefeated, building a two-goal lead in the first half and then adding another score after intermission. Jordyn Choe fed Giavana Liberto for her first goal of the season midway through the first half to kick off the scoring. Just minutes later, Choe received a pass from Megan Wagner and finished into the right side of the goal to make it 2-0.
Marriotts Ridge added its third goal late in the second half, as Liberto delivered a pass to midfielder Mira Shelat, who finished in a one-on-one situation with Oakland Mills goalie Paige Andrews (13). Oakland Mills’ goal came from Erika Tiley off an assist from Kaity Browne.
Goals: MR — Giavana Liberto, Jordyn Choe, Mira Shelat; OM — Erika Tiley.
Assists: MR — Jordyn Choe, Megan Wagner, Giavana Liberto; OM — Kaity Browne.
Saves: MR — Caroline Albert 5; OM — Paige Andrews 13.
Half: 2-0 MR.
Howard 2, Glenelg 2 2OT
The Lions (1-1-1) and Gladiators (1-1-1) played to a tie through regulation and two overtime periods, with Danielle Campbell scoring both goals for Howard and Stephanie Lathrop scoring both goals for Glenelg.
Goals: Ho — Danielle Campbell 2; G — Stephanie Lathrop 2.
Assists: Ho — Tiffany Rodriguez; G — Molly Nichols, Carlin Costell.
Saves: Ho — Caroline Otchet 12; G — Kendall Castor 4.