Marriotts Ridge’s win over Glenelg Thursday was special for a few reasons.
First, the 3-1 victory gives the Mustangs an early leg up on arguably their biggest competition for the Howard County girls soccer county championship.
Second, the home triumph served as revenge for Marriotts Ridge’s playoff loss to the Gladiators in penalty kicks this past April.
“They knew how good Glenelg was last season, and Glenelg deserved to win that game [this past spring],” said Marriotts Ridge coach Darius Qualls. “The girls remembered that loss from the spring and carried that into this game here.”
Entering the showdown, Glenelg, which won the county championship this past spring, and Marriotts Ridge were two of only three teams without a loss in county play — with Mt. Hebron being the other. The Mustangs are 4-0 in county play and 7-0 overall.
While the Gladiators won the season-ending county tournament last season, which was part of the spring 2021′s COVID changes, the Mustangs went undefeated in the regular season. Marriotts Ridge was also the best regular-season team in Howard County two years ago, winning the 2019 county crown.
Giavana Liberto, who scored the game-winning goal early in the second half Thursday, said beating a “great team” in Glenelg is an “awesome feeling.”
“They’re a strong team. I think we knew this was going to be a hard game coming in,” said Liberto. “We definitely talked about that game [last season]. We looked back at some of the things we did wrong and just worked on some of our weaknesses, and it paid off tonight.”
Three different Mustangs scored in the victory. Anna Henderickson kicked off the game’s scoring, while Liberto and Mira Shelat found the back of the net in the second half.
Henderickson’s goal in the seventh minute followed miscommunication by Glenelg’s defense that led to the easy score. The Gladiators’ defense cut off a through ball, but as the defender and goalkeeper closed in on the ball, neither took change, allowing Henderickson an easy shot at an open goal.
Glenelg (3-1) then tied the game seven minutes later off a corner kick. Megan Ball sent the corner into the box, and Stephanie Lathrop and Emily Robinson both attempted shots. Robinson’s was blocked by a Marriotts Ridge defender and deflected right to star forward Brianna Werner, whose shot glided into the back of the net.
The goal was only the second Marriotts Ridge has allowed this season, with the other being to Mercy in the Mustangs’ 3-1 season-opening victory over the then-top-ranked Magic. Qualls’ squad has outscored its opponents 27-2 this season, and in his team’s last 28 games dating back to 2019, the Mustangs have allowed only seven goals.
Qualls said defenders Anna Page, Bridget Ford, Abigail Eldridge and Allison Yhim have shown great chemistry in front of keeper Caroline Albert (five shutouts).
“Those girls have been working very hard these past few weeks,” Qualls said. “Those girls have found a way to prevail when we need them.”
Liberto’s game-winner in the 47th minute also came after a Glenelg mishap, but the junior forward was in the right place — somewhere she’s found herself often this season as the county’s leading goal scorer.
“She’s special,” Qualls said about Liberto. “She knows how to step up her game. We knew it was going to be tough in the first half. We told her to be patient, and she was.”
Fifteen minutes later, Mira Shelat sealed the victory for the Stangs with a goal. The Gladiators couldn’t clear the ball out of its own box, and Kate Hennigan found an open Shelat, who fired a shot past Glenelg’s keeper.
Both teams are back in action Tuesday. Marriotts Ridge hosts Howard, while Glenelg travels to Long Reach.
Marriotts Ridge 3, Glenelg 1
Goals: MR — Anna Henderickson, Giavana Liberto, Mira Shelat; G — Brianna Werner.
Assists: MR — Megan Wagner, Kate Hennigan.
Saves: MR — Caroline Albert 6; G — Bella Bushcer 8.
Records: MR 4-0 county, 7-0 overall; G 3-1.
OTHER GIRLS SOCCER SCORES:
River Hill 3, Westminster 1
Goals: RH — Ella Ferrer, Katie Huang, Kaitlyn Heitzman; W — Stella Schubert.
Assists: RH — Zareen Mathew, Allie Lubitz.
Saves: RH — Caroline Duffy 5.
Records: RH 2-1, 3-3.
Howard 5, Hammond 0
The host Lions improved to 3-1 in county play with the blowout win. Five different Lions scored in the victory. Ciaira Pomeroy-Anderson led the Lions with a goal and an assist.
Goals: Ho — Sarah Carney, Brooke Matney, Ciaira Pomeroy-Anderson, Lucy Larson, Skylar Ehart.
Assists: Ho — Pomeroy-Anderson, Paige Sarama, Jorge Adgeboyo.
Saves: Ho — Ansley Glasgow 4, Kathryn Marcus 2; Ha — Schreier 5, Neira 7
Halftime: 4-0, Ho.
Records: Ho 3-1, 4-1; Ha 0-4, 1-4.
Wilde Lake 1, Centennial 0
Ashlyn Bonner’s goal in the 20th minute was all the Wildecats needed, as goalie Hannah Lowry and Wilde Lake’s defense pitched a shutout. Bonner, who also turned 18 years old on Thursday, scored off a free kick from 30 yards out.
Goals: WL — Ashlyn Bonner.
Saves: WL — Hannah Lowry 10; C — Emily Hagen 6.
Halftime: 1-0, WL.
Records: WL 2-2, 3-2; C 1-3.
Mt Hebron 3, Reservoir 2
Goals: MH — Olivia Hoover 2, Sinclaire Green; Re — Avery Oergel, Karis Turner.
Assists: MH — Ainsley Wilson, Amari Mehta, Emma Schwartz; Re — Sophie Davidson.
Saves: MH — Claire Fitzsimmons 5; Re — Nia George 6.
Halftime: 1-0, MH.
Records: MH 3-0, 3-1; Re 1-3, 2-4.
Long Reach 1, Oakland Mills 0
The Lightning earned their first victory of the season. The lone goal in the game was scored by Katie Hoffman off an assist from Jessica Ruano.
Records: LR 1-3; OM 0-3, 1-3.
Glenelg 4, Marriotts Ridge 2
Goals: G — Siji Jolayemi 3, Russell Minni 1.
Assists: G — Daniel Vaysman, Jolayemi, Jaegon Hibbits, Vaughn Sines.
Saves: G — Katen Gulati 5.
Halftime: 2-1, G.
Records: G 3-1; MR 3-1.
Mt. Hebron 4, Reservoir 2
Four different players scored to propel the Vikings to their second straight victory. Emmanuel Bekele and Jimmy Linsenmeyer each scored and registered an assist. Liam McCaffery and freshman Shalom Adja chipped in with goals as well. Linsenmeyer’s goal was off a penalty kick — his second consecutive game with a PK goal. The loss was the first of the season for Reservoir, which beat Howard on Tuesday. The Gators were without junior forward Noah Gantt, who scored both goals in the team’s win over the Lions before injuring his arm.
Goals: MH — Emmanuel Bekele, Liam McCaffery, Shalom Adja, Jimmy Linsenmeyer (PK); Re — Mang Tuang, Nate Macek.
Assists: MH — Linsenmeyer, Bekele, Mark Adja; Re — Amir Edris, Graham Leary.
Saves: MH — N/A; Re — Danny Ventura 5.
Halftime: 2-1, MH.
Records: MH 2-1, 3-1; Re 3-1.
Howard 4, Hammond 2
Goals: Ho — Will Tom, Ryan Stewart, Connor Kovach, Henry Metzger; Ha — Walid Khokar 2.
Assists: Ho — Joe Sircus 2, Metzger.
Saves: Ho — Luke Ryerson 2; Ha — Caleb Haber 1.
Halftime: 2-1, Ho.
Records: Ho 2-2; Ha 0-4, 1-5.
Centennial 2, Wilde Lake 1
The Eagles improved to 4-0 with the win. Reservoir, Marriotts Ridge and River Hill all entered undefeated in county play on Thursday, but all three squads lost. Centennial is now alone in first place in the county standings.
Goals: C — Andrew Fritz, Eddie Aguilar; WL — Shea Nesbitt.
Assists: C — Adam Fowble.
Saves: C — Kartik Sullivan 1; WL — Melvin Ahoueya 8.
Halftime: 1-0, C.
Records: C 4-0, 6-1; WL 1-3, 3-3.
Atholton 4, River Hill 3
The one-goal victory is the Raiders’ first triumph of the season, while the loss is the Hawks’ first against a county foe this fall.
Goals: A — Jason Van Gennip, Sean Boulle, Jacob Fato, Josh Martins.
Records: A 1-3; RH 3-1, 4-2.
Oakland Mills 3, Long Reach 2
The Scorpions earned their first win of the season with the one-goal victory.
Records: OM 1-2, 1-4-1; LR 0-4, 1-4.
Centennial def. Glenelg — 3-2 [25-23, 21-25, 10-25, 25-18, 15-8]
The Eagles won the final two sets after falling down 2-1. Mailinh Godschall led the Eagles with 25 kills and 18 digs.
Centennial stats: Mailinh Godschall (25 kills, 3 aces, 18 digs), Abi Griffin (7 kills, 1 block), Kaley MacLellan (4 kills, 1 block), Skylar Brown (7 kills, 2 blocks), Caleigh Kim (1 ace, 28 digs), Brianna Bossom (7 kills, 3 aces, 39 assists).
Glenelg stats: Mackenzie Calhoun (26 kills, 1 assist, 2 aces, 15 digs), Lindsay Kelley (5 kills, 39 assists, 3 aces, 11 digs, 1.5 blocks), Liesl Walter (2 kills, 4.5 blocks), Sarah Parker (5 kills, 1 ace, 9 digs), Sydney Yoon (1 kill, 1 assist, 26 digs), Lauren LaPointe (8 kills, 1 block).
Records: C 4-1; G 3-2.
Reservoir def. Oakland Mills — 3-0 [25-8, 25-8, 25-10]
Reservoir stats: Jess Rothermel (17 assists, 7 aces, 3 digs), Samiha Foster (11 kills, 15 assists, 5 digs), Madison Hill (11 kills, 3 blocks), Anjola Omolewa (4 kills, 2 digs, 1 block), Gabby Allen (6 aces, 2 assists, 6 digs), Azariah Overton (4 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs), Haley Ko (8 assists, 1 kill, 1 ace).
Oakland Mills stats: Zhenzhu Nelson (1 ace, 2 kills), Shanai Smith (1 kill, 7 digs), Lana Weisheit (4 digs), Lana Selva (1 kill, 2 digs), Kathryn Rogan (6 assists, 2 digs).
Records: Re 5-1; OM 1-5.
Howard def. Mt. Hebron — 3-1 [25-15, 25-11, 23-25, 25-12]
Howard stats: Corinne Chau (5 kills), Kelenna Onukwugha (8 kills, 4 aces), Tyller Williams (12 kills, 3 blocks), Ayanna Pharoah (5 kills, 1 ace, 32 assists), Briana May (14 digs).
Mt. Hebron stats: Juliana Guzman (19 digs, 4 assists, 1 kill, 1 ace) and Emerson Rose (14 assists, 10 digs), Caroline Zheng (7 digs, 2 aces), Rachel Swigart (6 kills, 2 digs), Ava Bradley (6 kills, 2 digs, 1 ace, 1 assist).
Records: Ho 5-0; MH 3-3.
River Hill def. Marriotts Ridge — 3-1 [25-18, 23-25, 25-16, 25-19]
River Hill stats: Abby Chicorelli (12 kills, 6 blocks), Christina Lui (12 kills, 2 digs), Grace Leska (10 kills, 2 digs), Paula Elguera (2 kills, 5 blocks), Shreeni Chikyala (15 kills 7 blocks), Molly Xu (5 aces, 30 assists, 2 kills, 8 digs), Erin Li (1 ace, 21 digs, 4 assists), Logan Maxwell (14 digs), Brooke Laumann (2 aces, 13 digs).
Marriotts Ridge stats: Hailey Byrne (8 blocks), Vivian O’Brien (7 kills, 10 digs), Eva Hull (1 ace, 21 assists), Rachel Lei (8 digs), Rhisen Davis (8 kills, 11 digs), Manasvi Mamilla (19 digs).
Records: RH 6-0; MR 3-2.
Atholton def. Long Reach — 3-1 [22-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-20]
Atholton stats: N/A.
Long Reach stats: Allison Brown (9 kills, 2 blocks, 4 digs), Isabella Mora (2 aces, 10 kills, 16 digs), Hayley Norton (1 ace, 1 kill, 30 assists, 6 digs), Mia Rubio (2 aces, 3 assists, 15 digs), Toni Shaw (2 kills, 3 blocks, 1 dig), Kailey Young (3 aces, 8 kills, 1 block, 5 digs).
Records: A 2-4; LR 1-5, 2-5.
Glenelg 52, Mt. Hebron 37 (Cattail Creek)
G (4-1): Ellis Waak 16, Michael Gloth 13, Andrew Brown 13, Alex Turner 10.
MH (1-3): Ethan Kang 12, Tyler Kang 11, Beckett France-Kelly 9, Chris Bone 5.
Glenelg 49, Mt. Hebron 11 (Cattail Creek)
G (3-2): Megan Kirkpatrick 23, Amber Kostick 15, Katie Heimberg 6, Lauren Paik 5.
MH (0-4): Katie Katcheves 3, Julia Morton 3, Sophia Wang 3, Danielle Bodziak 2.
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