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Sophia Baxter scores overtime goal to lift Marriotts Ridge field hockey over Glenelg | Howard County sports roundup

Monday’s field hockey game between Marriotts Ridge and Glenelg ended the same way it started — with a Sophia Baxter goal.

The Marriotts Ridge sophomore scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead the Mustangs to a 3-2 victory over host Glenelg.

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Baxter scored an impressive goal off a penalty corner midway through the first quarter to give Marriotts Ridge (3-2) a 1-0 lead. Then, with only two minutes remaining in the first overtime, Baxter scored from about 10 yards out to clinch the Mustangs’ third straight victory.

“It was really cool to score there,” Baxter said. “I was scared, because I didn’t have an open shot. But as soon as I got in the circle I took the shot and it went through the goalie’s legs.”

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Marriotts Ridge head coach Molly Milani earned her first victory over her alma mater, where she also coached the junior varsity team in 2019. Milani, a 2015 Glenelg graduate, is in her first season leading the Mustangs’ varsity program after taking over for Stacie Gado.

“This means the world to me,” Milani said. “I could not be more proud of my girls. Before the game, we talked about coming together and playing for each other. The girls even said ‘playing for you coach Molly.’ It’s an awesome win. Glenelg is a phenomenal team; Nikki [Trunzo] is a phenomenal coach, and I know all the girls. This game is always a lot of fun.”

The win Monday is similar to Marriotts Ridge’s triumph in the 2019 MPSSAA Class 2A South Region II semifinals, when then-senior Kayla Brusco’s goal in the second overtime period advanced the soon-to-be state-champion Mustangs to the next round.

“I remember how great the feeling was after we won [against Glenelg] last season,” said Baxter, who was called up from JV midway through the 2019 season. “I was really hoping we would get that again today. We definitely pulled through as a team today.”

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Milani said Baxter’s goal to open the contest at Glenelg (3-2) showed her pure talent. Baxter juked a defender after fielding an insert off a penalty corner, twisted her body to square up her shot and flicked it over Glenelg’s goalkeeper for the opening score.

“She’s awesome,” Milani said. “Sophia is one of our most composed players. She’s a high-skill player, and she’s very smart on the field. But really what makes her such a phenomenal player is that she can do all the little things very well, especially under pressure. I mean, she had people all over her on both her goals and she was able to get her hands free and put the ball in the back of the cage.”

The Mustangs held onto their advantage for the remainder of the first half thanks in part to multiple athletic saves by goalie Amanda Windsor. In the second quarter, the junior didn’t allow a penalty stroke to find the back of the cage and then saved a scorching shot off a corner with her glove a few minutes later.

“They were huge. The penalty stroke was huge. That was a high-pressure situation, and she kept her composure,” Milani said. “We really need those big [saves], because they get that momentum shift and get the girls energized.”

The Gladiators came out strong in the second half with two goals in the third period to take a 2-1 lead. Kam Henson tied the game less than two minutes into the second half, and Molly Metz gave the Gladiators the lead with about a minute left in the third period.

Henson, a freshman, was one of the best players on the field Monday, and Gladiators coach Nikki Trunzo said she’s excited for what Henson can accomplish in her career at Glenelg.

“Kam is unbelievable. ... She works so hard and loves the game,” Trunzo said. “We’re lucky to have her. Kam is very dominating, and she has such a great presence on the field.”

With the Gladiators nine minutes away from victory, Mia Gladstein and Maisy Clevenger connected for the equalizer. Gladstein fired the ball into the circle, and Clevenger deflected it into the cage.

Glenelg had a penalty corner early in the first overtime, but the Gladiators were unable to convert.

After starting the season 0-2 with close losses to River Hill and Mt. Hebron, the Mustangs have ripped off three straight wins. Baxter said the Mustangs’ two wins last week over Howard and Reservoir gave the team momentum heading into the game Monday.

“I think we’ve really bonded together as a team the past week. Having those two wins last week really set us up for the victory today,” she said. “We’ve also just really worked hard at practice. We’ve figured out our press and our corners.”

Monday’s field hockey action completes the first round of games against the teams in their respective divisions. Starting Wednesday, the squads will get to play their division opponents for a second and final time before a county champion is crowned.

Glenelg hosts Howard, which it beat 3-0 on opening night, while Marriotts Ridge travels to River Hill in a rematch of the Hawks’ 2-1 win to start the season. River Hill is the lone undefeated team remaining in Division A through Monday’s games.

“I love [the schedule]. I think this is a great opportunity to get a second shot,” Milani said. “I’m really looking forward to that game, just from the growth we’ve made from the first game to now.”

Marriotts Ridge 3, Glenelg 2

Goals: MR — Sophia Baxter 2, Maisy Clevenger; G — Kam Henson, Molly Metz.

Assists: MR — Mia Gladstein; G — Caitlyn Baehr 2.

Saves: MR — Amanda Windsor 6; G — Rachel Barker 3, Hala Silverstein 1.

Halftime: 1-0, MR.

This story will be updated with more information.

OTHER FIELD HOCKEY SCORES

Centennial 10, Long Reach 0

The Eagles (5-0) continued their dominant start to the season against the Lightning (1-4), securing the team’s fifth straight shutout while upping its season goal total to 45. Alaina Kelly led the offense with four goals.

Goals: C — Alaina Kelly 4, Helen Baldy 2, Abby Cudzilo 2, Ellen Landrum 1, Lily Sullivan 1.

Assist: C — Helen Baldy.

Atholton 4, Hammond 0

The Raiders (4-1) secured their fourth straight shutout defensively to go along with a hat trick from Bella Konrad. The Golden Bears dropped to 2-3 on the season.

Goals: A — Bella Konrad 3, Ashlynn Donaldson 1

Assists: A — Asha Derstine 3,

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Saves: A — Catherine Steinberg 2; Ha — Lily DeBlasio 10.

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Wilde Lake 10, Oakland Mills 0

The Wildecats (3-2) were led by four goals and an assist from Victoria Stalka in the shutout victory over the Scorpions.

Goals: WL — Victoria Stralka 4, Brianna Floyd 2, Hannah Ehrlich 2, Asia Anderson 1, Liana Mullican 1.

Assists: WL — Brianna Floyd 2, Victoria Stalka 1.

Saves: WL — Logan Bitner-Parrish 0; OM — Katie Oliver 21, Saige Soskil 5.

Mt. Hebron 3, Howard 1

After the two teams played to a tie through the end of the first half, the Vikings (2-3) scored two unanswered in the second half to pull away from the Lions (1-4).

River Hill 8, Reservoir 3

The Hawks (5-0) stayed undefeated by scoring their highest offensive total of the season, getting two goals apiece from Claire Slade and Maddie Vasilios to lead the way. Reservoir (1-4) got goals from three different players in the loss.

Goals: RH — Claire Slade 2, Maddie Vasilios 2, Quill Alewine, Lindsey Miller, Laura Mason, Puja Nanjappa; Re — Bella Periera, Sophie Pereira, Maddy Davis.

Assists: RH — Lindsey Miller 3, Maddie Vasilios 2, Puja Nanjappa, Lindsay Garnish 1; Re — Bella Pereira.

Saves: RH — Jocelyn Baker 1, Amber Cummings 1; Re — Brown 8.

Halftime: 4-0 RH.

VOLLEYBALL

Centennial def. Long Reach — 2-0 [25-15, 25-17]

Centennial (4-2) snapped a two-game losing skid with the road victory over the Lightning.

Centennial stats: Mailinh Godschall (8 kills, 5 aces, 10 digs), Grace Chan (5 kills), Abi Griffin (5 kills), Emily Hollwedel (kill, 2 blocks), Kendall Kreidel (2 kills, ace), Brianna Bossom (21 assists, 5 kills, 5 aces, 4 digs), Caleigh Kim (13 digs).

Long Reach stats: Indyia Haskett (2 aces, 1 kill, 5 digs), Isabella Mora (4 kills, 5 digs), Hayley Norton (8 assists, 3 digs), Mia Rubio (5 digs).

Howard def. Wilde Lake— 2-0 [25-13, 25-12]

Junior Darien Garner had 5 kills and sophomore Kelenna Onukwugha had 4 kills to lead the Lions (6-0) to a win over the Wildecats (0-6)

Howard stats: Darien Garner (5 kills), Kelenna Onukwugha (4 kills), Jordan Redmiles (4 aces, 2 kills, 17 assists), Tyller Williams (3 kills, 1 block)

Reservoir def. Oakland Mills — 2-0 [25-13, 25-5]

The Gators (6-0) stayed undefeated by downing the Scorpions (0-6), securing their sixth straight sweep of the season.

Reservoir stats: Gabby Allen (17 digs, ace), Jessica Rothermel (4 aces, 14 assists, 4 digs), Maddie Wilson (5 aces, 8 assists, 3 digs), Kelsey Holmes (4 aces, 10 kills, 5 digs)

Glenelg at Atholton, PPD

Marriotts Ridge at Hammond, PPD

Mt. Hebron at River Hill, PPD

CROSS COUNTRY

The Howard High School girls cross country team achieved a rare feat during its home meeting on Saturday, March 20.

The Lions won the meet with 15 points — the lowest possible score in a cross country meet. The top six finishers — and eight of the top 10 — were all Howard runners. The Lions were paced by junior Nimrit Ahuja, who crossed the finish line in 18:46, while Hannah Schwab, Hayley Long, Elizabeth Holcombe and Kiley Mann rounded out the team’s scoring.

Meanwhile, the Lions also won the boys race, placing four runners in the top 10. Senior Kendall Phillips led the squad by finishing in second place behind Long Reach’s Cameron Hindle, who won his second straight race by crossing the finish line in 15:22.

In other cross country action Saturday, the Centennial boys team and the Atholton girls team won the races at Mt. Hebron. The Eagles placed three harriers in the top four in the boys race, while four Raiders finished in the top 10 in the girls race. Centennial’s boys team was led by sophomore Antonio Camacho-Bucks, who placed second in 15:59 behind Oakland Mills’ Baidy Ba by five-tenths of a second. Atholton’s girls team, meanwhile, was paced by Aanchal Kasargod, who won the race in 19:30.

Results:

Howard meet

Boys team results: 1. Howard 39; 2. River Hill 55; 3. Long Reach 67; 4. Glenelg 79; 5. Wilde Lake 121; 6. Reservoir 139.

Boys individual results: 1. Cameron Hindle 15:22, Long Reach; 2. Kendall Phillips 15:29, Howard; 3. Joseph Raudabaugh 15:36, Howard; 4. Bryce Handa 15:46, River Hill; 5. Joshua Galindo 15:56, River Hill; 6. Jakob Werdell 16:14, Howard; 7. Christian Brower 16:29, Long Reach; 8. Eian Butler 16:34, Howard; 9. Evan Quinn 16:36, Long Reach; 10. Alejandro Cabrera 16:41, Long Reach.

Girls teams results: 1. Howard 15; 2. Reservoir 67; 3. Glenelg 75; 4. River Hill 117; 5. Wilde Lake 125; 6. Long Reach 167.

Girls individual results: 1. Nimrit Ahuja 18:46, Howard; 2. Hannah Schwab 19:02, Howard; 3. Hayley Long 19:05, Howard; 4. Elizabeth Holcombe 19:14, Howard; 5. Kiley Mann 19:17, Howard; 6. Sara Kindbom 19:26, Howard; 7. Chloe McGeehan 19:44, River Hill; 8. Brooke Birckhead 20:17, Glenelg; 9. Lola Sivley 20:22, Howard; 10. Natalie McCourt 20:32, Howard.

Mt. Hebron meet

Boys team results: 1. Centennial 30; Mt. Hebron 64; Marriotts Ridge 76; Atholton 105; Oakland Mills 107; Hammond 148.

Boys individual results: 1. Baidy Ba 15:59, Oakland Mills; 2. Antonio Camacho-Bucks 15:59, Centennial; 3. Jacob Cole 16:04, Centennial; 4. Fernando Duraes 16:05, Centennial; 5. Ethan Aidam 16:12, Oakland Mills; 6. Alexander Barton 16:17, Mt. Hebron; 7. Grayson Crockett 16:22, Marriotts Ridge; 8. Jacob Hauf 16:24, Mt. Hebron; 9. Michael Wade 16:38, Marriotts Ridge; 10. Luke LasCasas 16:40, Centennial.

Girls team results: 1. Atholton 39; 2. Oakland Mills 54; 3. Centennial 55; 4. Marriotts Ridge 82; 5. Mt. Hebron 117.

Girls individual results: 1. Aanchal Kasargod 19:30, Atholton; 2. Ella Harris 19:33, Oakland Mills; 3. Katerina Talanova 19:50, Centennial; 4. Frankie Moore 19:54, Oakland Mills; 5. Amaya Cunningham 20:29, Centennial; 6. Madelyn Mielke 20:53, Centennial; 7. Chiara Sforza 20:58, Atholton; 8. Taylor McManus 21:16, Atholton; 9. Delaney Hammill 21:28, Atholton; 10. Marina Blackman 21:32, Oakland Mills.

Don’t see scores or stats from your favorite team? Send results and any game information to Brent Kennedy at bkennedy@baltsun.com and Jacob Meyer at jameyer@baltsun.com.

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