Mt. Hebron’s girls soccer players knew their coach wanted only one thing for his birthday.
Tim Deppen, who turned 43 on Thursday, is in his 20th season as the Vikings’ coach, and he’d never beaten River Hill.
“We’ve played them on my birthday multiple times before too, and we’ve never won,” Deppen added.
Deppen’s players granted his birthday wish Thursday, defeating the perennial powerhouse Hawks 2-0 to improve to 6-1 in county play.
“Coach Tim is an amazing coach, and he’s always there to inspire us and get the best out of us,” said sophomore Leen Jawhar, who scored in the win. “This win was an important one to us because it was against River Hill.”
The triumph is a bounce-back win for Mt. Hebron (6-1 county, 6-2 overall), which lost to undefeated Marriotts Ridge on Tuesday. The Vikings fell to the first-place Mustangs by a score of 1-0, with the only goal coming on a Hebron own goal.
Deppen said he is “proud” of how his players responded to their first county loss with a complete game against the Hawks.
“This is a model of how to come out for a game and stay composed for the entire 80 minutes,” he said.
RIver Hill’s best chances to score came in the first 10 minutes of the game with a set piece within 30 yards and three early corner kicks. Hebron’s defense held strong, though, as freshman goalkeeper Emily Canseven saved two shots to keep the game tied.
Hebron’s first goal came in the 26th minute off a free kick. Senior captain Lauren Gustafson sent the direct kick into the box, and the ball bounced off a River Hill defender into the goal to put the Vikes up 1-0.
Ten minutes later, Jawhar showed off her talent with a goal to double the Vikings’ advantage. Jawhar split two defenders, evaded another in the box and smashed a shot into the upper-left 90 past star River Hill goalie Caroline Duffy.
I knew there were three players on me, but I saw I could get in between them,” she said. “I saw the shot in the upper left, and I took it.”
“To put that one in, it confirmed what I knew we could do. I knew this team had the potential to come out and do this,” Deppen said. “For high school girls soccer, that was one of the best technical goals I’ve seen. Leen is a phenomenal kid. She is the kid in practice who is trying to score seven goals a day. She works so hard. She is so hungry.”
Mt. Hebron then completed the shutout by playing strong defense in the second half.
The Vikings haven’t allowed a goal to an opposing player in their last four games, pitching shutouts against Atholton, Howard and River Hill and not allowing a goal from a Mustangs’ player in the loss to Marriotts Ridge.
The strong play by the defense has come without Ana Hoover, a senior captain and one of the team’s top defenders — who tore her meniscus two weeks ago.
“What’s amazing is how they’ve stepped up,” Deppen said of his defense. “That back line has really bonded. They’re like a wall.”
Mt. Hebron 2, River Hill 0
Goals: MH — Leen Jawhar; RH — Own goal.
Saves: MH — Emily Canseven 5; RH — Caroline Duffy 4.
Halftime: 2-0, MH.
Records: MH 6-1, 6-2; RH 4-3, 5-5.
OTHER GIRLS SOCCER SCORES:
Atholton 1, Howard 0
The Raiders are 2-0 this week, and Ava Morales has scored all three of the team’s goals. She scored Atholton’s lone goal against the Lions midway through the first half off an assist from Sumara Bedward.
Goals: A — Ava Morales.
Assists: A — Sumara Bedward.
Saves: A — Dahlia Bedward 8.
Records: A 5-2; Ho 2-5, 3-5.
Marriotts Ridge 4, Wilde Lake 0
The Mustangs and the Wildecats played an even match until the 25th minute, when the Mustangs scored off a corner kick. Mollie Anderson scored off a header, with Megan Wagner earning the assist. Junior Giavana Liberto then scored a hat trick in the second half to seal the 11th straight win to open the season for Marriotts Ridge. Liberto’s first goal came after Bridget Ford served a high indirect kick into the goal area. Liberto leaped into the air and headed the ball into the goal. Minutes later, Anna Hendrickson served a high cross into the goal area, and Liberto scored her second goal. And late in the match, Abigail Eldridge passed the ball behind Wilde Lakes defense, and onto the foot of Liberto, who dribbled the ball past two Wilde Lake defenders and fired a low shot into the goal.
Goals: MR — Giavana Liberto 3, Mollie Anderson 1.
Assists: MR — Megan Wagner, Bridget Ford, Anna Henderickson, Abigail Eldridge.
Saves: MR — Caroline Albert 7; WL — Hannah Lowry 12.
Halftime: 1-0, MR.
Records: MR 8-0, 11-0; WL 3-5, 4-5.
Glenelg 4, Reservoir 0
Stephanie Lathrop scored her second hat trick of the season and her 10th goal in the last four games to lead the Gladiators to victory. Lathrop’s first goal started with a hustle play by Maya Bomhardt, who crossed the ball to Lathrop. The sophomore then out-maneuvered three defenders to strike the ball into the goal. The second score was unassisted, as Lathrop stole the ball from a Reservoir player and made a successful run to goal, and the third goal began with a perfectly placed through ball by Susie Shollenberger, who also made a goal-saving play in the first half. Emily Robinson capped off the game’s scoring with a left-footed strike from 20 yards out after a well-placed pass from Amelia McCarthy. Goalie Bella Buscher earned her fifth shutout of the season with nine saves.
Goals: G — Stephanie Lathrop 3, Emily Robinson.
Assists: G — Maya Bomhardt, Susie Shollenberger, Amelia McCarthy.
Saves: G — Bella Buscher 9, Susie Shollenberger 1. Re — Kendall Hartman 7.
Halftime: 1-0, G.
Records: G 7-1; Re 3-5, 4-6.
Centennial 2, Oakland Mills 1 (2OT)
Michelle Fradlin’s goal in second overtime propelled the Eagles to a 2-1 win over the Scorpions.
Goals: C — Lauren Pellegrini, Michelle Fradlin; OM — Kaity Browne.
Assists: C — Emma Bennett, Sofia Thomas; OM — Emily Herrera.
Saves: C — N/A; OM — Paige Andrews 9.
Halftime: 1-0, OM.
Records: C 3-5; OM 1-6, 2-6
Long Reach 5, Hammond 0
Goals: LR — Alicia Bauer, Jessica Ruano, Katie Hoffman, Lenina Maldonado.
Saves: LR — N/A; Ha — Angela Neira 9.
Halftime: 2-0, Ha.
Records: LR 2-6; Ha 1-6, 2-6.
Mt. Hebron 1, River Hill 0
Ilia Likakis scored his team’s lone goal to lift the Vikings to a crucial win over the Hawks. Goalie Logan Dunn pitched his third shutout of the season by saving five shots.
Goals: MH — Ilia Likakis.
Assists: MH — Jimmy Linsenmeyer.
Saves: MH — Logan Dunn 5.
Records: MH 6-1, 7-1; RH 6-2, 7-3.
Howard 1, Atholton 0
Goals: Ho — Joe Sircus.
Saves: Ho — Luke Ryerson 3.
Halftime: 1-0, Ho.
Records: Ho 5-3; A 3-5.
Glenelg 2, Reservoir 0
Goals: G — Minni, Hibbitts.
Assists: G — D’Antuono.
Saves: G — Gulati 7.
Halftime: 1-0, G.
Records: G 5-2-1; Re 5-3.
Long Reach 3, Hammond 1
Wilfredo Campos scored two goals to lead the Lightning to their first county win of the season.
Goals: LR — Wilfredo Campos 2, Kevin Rubi; Ha — Diego Carino.
Assists: LR — Eric Allen, Sabastian Moscoso; Ha — Emmanuel Oyeyemi.
Saves: LR — Darius Hopkins 5; Ha — Caleb Haber 1, Emmanuel Addo 3.
Halftime: 3-0, LR.
Records: LR 1-7, 2-7; Ha 0-8, 1-9.
Centennial 2, Oakland Mills 0
Atholton def. Oakland Mills — 3-0 [25-21, 25-22, 25-20]
Atholton stats: N/A.
Oakland Mills stats: Zhenzhu Nelson (17 kills, 18 digs, 2 aces, 3 blocks), Kathryn Rogan (21 assists, 2 digs, 1 ace, 1 block), Paige McPhillips (3 kills, 2 digs, 1 ace, 3 blocks), Shanai Smith (5 kills, 6 digs), Micaela Murray (3 kills, 9 digs, 1 ace), Lana Weisheit (1 assist, 15 digs, 1 ace).
Records: A 3-7; OM 1-9.
Howard def. Long Reach — 3-0 [25-15, 25-9, 25-15]
The Lions remained undefeated with the straight-set sweep. Howard was led by seniors Tyller Williams (eight kills), Darien Garner (six kills) and Sanaya Srivastava (five kills).
Howard stats: Tyller Williams (8 kills, 1 block), Darien Garner (6 kills, 1 block), Sanaya Srivastava (5 kills, 2 blocks), Ayanna Pharoah (2 aces, 29 assists), Briana May (3 aces, 9 digs, 2 assists).
Long Reach stats: Isabella Mora (3 kills, 9 digs), Hayley Norton (1 ace, 1 kill, 7 assists, 3 digs), Kailey Young (4 kills, 2 blocks, 6 digs).
Records: Ho 10-0; LR 1-9, 2-9
Reservoir def. Marriotts Ridge — 3-0 [25-17, 25-18, 25-13]
Reservoir stats: Jess Rothermel (16 assists, 10 digs, 2 aces), Haley Ko (18 assists, 2 digs), Gabby Allen (18 digs, 4 assists), Madison Hill (4 blocks, 3 digs, 6 kills), Kelsey Holmes (8 kills, 2 assists, 3 blocks), Samiha Foster (19 kills, 4 aces, 8 digs, 1 block).
Marriotts Ridge stats: Olivia Kuznetsova (3 kills, 2 digs, 2 blocks), Vivian O’Brien (7 kills, 1 ace, 12 digs), Eva Hull (14 assists, 10 digs), Rhisen Davis (7 kills, 2 aces, 18 digs), Manasvi Mamilla (14 digs).
Records: Re 10-1; MR 6-3.
Glenelg def. Wilde Lake — 3-0 [25-16, 25-14, 25-16]
The Gladiators earned a straight-set victory over the Wildecats on Glenelg’s “Dig Pink” day. Glenelg raised over $500 for the Side-Out Foundation for breast cancer research.
Glenelg stats: Mackenzie Calhoun (1 ace, 17 kills, 2 assists, 11 digs), Sydney Yoon (2 aces, 6 digs), Liesl Walter (6 kills, 1 block), Lindsay Kelley (5 aces, 3 kills, 22 assists, 6 digs), Sarah Parker (1 ace, 4 kills, 1 block, 6 digs), Eleni Koutsoheras (3 aces, 1 dig).
Records: G 5-4; WL 0-9.
Centennial def. River Hill — 3-1 [25-13, 25-15, 16-25, 25-14]
Mailinh Godschall and Brianna Bossom led the Eagles to the crucial win over the Hawks.
Centennial stats: Mailinh Godschall (16 kills, 2 aces, 12 digs), Abi Griffin (7 kills, 1 block), Holli Kraisser (3 kills, 2 aces, 8 digs), Kaley MacLellan (3 kills, 3 blocks), Skylar Brown (2 kills, 3 blocks), Caleigh Kim (1 ace, 2 assists, 16 digs), Brianna Bossom (3 aces, 9 digs, 30 assists).
River Hill stats: Erin Li (4 aces, 17 digs), Shreeni Chikyala (11 kills, 4 blocks), Grace Leska (10 kills), Molly Xu (27 assists, 8 digs), Paula Elguera (4 kills, 3 blocks), Christina Lui (5 kills, 1 block).
Records: C 8-2; RH 8-2.
Mt. Hebron def. Hammond — 3-0 [25-20, 25-15, 25-7]
Mt. Hebron stats: Emerson Rose (15 assists, 8 digs), Juliana Guzman (12 digs), Caroline Zheng (10 digs, 1 ace, 1 assist), Jillian Shoultz (8 kills, 3 blocks), Ava Bradley (8 kills, 3 digs, 2 aces), Emma Kate Bates (6 kills, 4 digs, 1 block).
Records: MH 5-5; Ha 2-7.
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