Antonio Paulino scores early in River Hill boys soccer’s 1-0 win over Marriotts Ridge | Howard County sports roundup

In the 67th minute of River Hill’s boys soccer game at Marriotts Ridge Thursday, Antonio Paulino didn’t capitalize on a penalty kick attempt that he makes more often than not.

The senior midfielder’s attempt was stopped by a diving Aiden Costello, and the Mustangs’ goalie then saved Paulino’s rebound shot that followed.


Paulino wishes he had the PK back, but he made up for the missed opportunity much earlier when he scored what ended up being the game’s only goal on a free kick in the 4th minute. Paulino’s 21-yard shot that squeezed into the upper right 90 was all the Hawks needed in their 1-0 win over the host Mustangs.

“I do wish I scored that PK, but I’m really happy I made the free kick,” Paulino said. “I saw the keeper was too far [over], so I blasted it near post.”


Paulino and teammate Noah Hanson both lined up to take the free kick early in the contest in an attempt to fake out the defense. The two players analyze who has the better angle based on where the defense and keeper are positioned and decide who will take it almost without talking.

“We both have a good understanding of positioning,” Paulino said. “We look at each other quickly before the kick and we just know.”

River Hill's #6, Antonio Paulino, Marriotts Ridge #3, Ryan Zhong in 2nd half action. Boys soccer game between Marriotts Ridge and River Hill March 23, 2021 at River Hill High School, River Hill won 4-2.
River Hill's #6, Antonio Paulino, Marriotts Ridge #3, Ryan Zhong in 2nd half action. Boys soccer game between Marriotts Ridge and River Hill March 23, 2021 at River Hill High School, River Hill won 4-2. (Jeffrey F. Bill)

“What a great goal,” said River Hill coach Matt Shagogue. “We work a lot on that. We put them in positions, and they read it for themselves and decide. It could be either one, and they don’t care who takes it. They just want to score.”

River Hill’s defense was stout throughout for its fourth shutout of the season, and second this week.


Playing without star midfielder Jack Nelson, who is one of the highest-scoring players in the county, Shagogue knew the Hawks would have to rely on their defense more Thursday than normal. He was happy with how his back line — led by Isaac Van Ert, Dylan Martinez and Will Gochar — played, and goalkeeper Zach Glass saved the few scoring chances Marriotts Ridge had.

“I’m really proud of those guys,” Shagogue said. “There were some scary moments, but you’re going to go through that every game. [Marriotts Ridge] has some guys who are pretty dangerous.”

“It’s amazing to have a defense that can communicate, clear the ball when they need to and pass it out of the back,” said Paulino. “It takes a lot of relief off the attack so we don’t have to track back every single time. We’re able to sit high and get those huge counter attacks.”

River Hill (5-1 county, 6-2 overall) defeated Hammond 5-0 earlier this week. The 2-0 week comes after a 4-3 loss to Atholton last week that ended the Hawks’ undefeated record in county play.

“We had a hard practice right after,” said Paulino about how the team responded after the loss last week. “We understood that we had to show that we aren’t the team that played against Atholton that day. We’re better than that.”

The loss is the third straight for Marriotts Ridge (3-3), which won the county championship this past spring. Coach Quinn Khouri said trailing early adds a challenge that is hard to overcome against a good team.

“Giving up a goal early doesn’t let you play the way you want to play. It’s always tough to battle back, especially against a well-coached team,” Khouri said. “But on the goal, when someone puts it that well placed, there’s nothing you can do. My problem with it was giving the ball away before the foul.”

Both teams are back in action Tuesday. The Hawks host Long Reach, while the Mustangs welcome Mt. Hebron to their end of Route 99.

River Hill 1, Marriotts Ridge 0

Goals: RH — Antonio Paulino.

Halftime: 1-0, RH.

Records: RH 5-1, 6-2; MR 3-3.


Reservoir 3, Oakland Mills 2 (OT)

Goals: Re — Chris Gunning 2, Nathan Macek.

Assists: Re — Jeffery Asiedu, Nathan Macek, Chris Gunning.

Saves: Re — Danny Ventura 4.

Halftime: 1-0, Re.

Regulation: 2-2.

Records: Re 4-2; OM 2-3, 2-5-1.

Atholton 3, Long Reach 0

Jack Goodman scored two first-half goals to lead the visiting Raiders to their second victory of the season. Wesley Nieto sealed the win with the Raiders’ third goal in the 67th minute.

Goals: A — Jack Goodman , Jack Goodman, Wesley Nieto.

Assists: A — Vihan Amarasinghe, Jacob Fato, Daniel Barrett.

Halftime: 2-0, A.

Records: A 2-4; LR 0-6, 1-6.

Wilde Lake 3, Hammond 1

Goals: WL — Evan Figueroa, Desmond Adeyemi, Vitor Rossetti; Ha — Diego Carino.

Assists: WL — Noah Terry, Douglas Martinez, Jackson Morgal.

Saves: WL — Melvin Ahoueya 10; Ha — Caleb Haber 7.

Halftime: 2-1, WL.

Records: WL 2-4, 4-4; Ha 0-6, 1-7.

Mt. Hebron 3, Howard 2 (OT)

After the Vikings took a 2-0 lead early in the second half, the visiting Lions scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to send the game to overtime. In the final seconds of the first overtime period, Howard committed a foul in the box, and Hebron’s Jimmy Linsenmeyer scored the game-winner on the ensuing PK to clinch the Vikings’ fourth straight win. Linsenmeyer has now scored in four straight for the Vikes.

Goals: MH — Emmanuel Bekele, Andrew Magdar, Jimmy Linsenmeyer; Ho — Viktor Struck, Shane Sircus.

Assists: MH — Dishawn Reddy, Linsenmeyer, Mark Adja; Ho — Joe Sircus.

Saves: MH — Logan Dunn 11; Ho — Luke Ryerson 6.

Halftime: 1-0, MH.

Regulation: 2-2.

Records: MH 4-1, 5-1; Ho 3-3.

Glenelg 1, Centennial 1 (2OT)

Goals: G — Siji Jolayemi; C — Own goal.

Records: G 4-1-1; C 5-0-1, 7-1-1.


Marriotts Ridge 1, River Hill 0

Goals: MR — Anna Henderickson.

Assists: MR — Megan Wagner.

Saves: MR — Caroline Albert 10

Halftime: 0-0, MR.

Glenelg 2, Centennial 1

Stephanie Lathrop scored two goals, one in the first half and one in the second half, to lead the Gladiators to victory. The first goal was assisted by Emily Renehan, while the second score was off a through ball from Bailey Allmon. Glenelg’s defense held Centennial to no goals during live play. The Eagles were awarded a penalty kick in the final 10 minutes of the contest, which Lauren Pellegrini converted to put Centennial down 2-1.

Goals: G — Stephanie Lathrop 2; C — Lauren Pellegrini.

Assists: G — Emily Renehan, Bailey Allmon.

Saves: G — Bella Buscher 6; C — Olivia Jackson 6.

Halftime: 1-0, G.

Records: G 5-1; C 2-4.

Reservoir 2, Oakland Mills 0

Hammond 1, Wilde Lake 0

Leah Steinhorn’s goal in the first half led the Golden Bears to victory. Her score was assisted by Laura Keister. Goalie Angela Neira was stout in goal, tallying 17 saves to shut out the Wildecats’ attack. The win is the Golden Bears’ first against a county opponent this season.

Goals: Ha — Leah Steinhorn.

Assists: Ha — Laura Keister.

Saves: Ha — Angela Neira 17; WL — Grace Spillane 1.

Halftime: 1-0, Ha.

Records: Ha 1-5, 2-5; WL 3-3, 4-3.

Mt. Hebron 2, Howard 0

The Vikings scored once in both halves to win their fifth straight game. McKenna Bishop assisted both goals, scored by Leen Jawhar, who scored the game-winning goal in the team’s victory over Atholton on Tuesday, and Sinclaire Green.

Goals: MH — Leen Jawhar, Sinclaire Green.

Assists: MH — McKenna Bishop 2.

Saves: MH — Emily Canseven 5, Claire Fitzsimmons 6. Ho — Ansley Glasgow 13.

Halftime: 1-0, MH.


Records: MH 5-0, 5-1; Ho 2-3, 3-3.



Reservoir def. Glenelg — 3-0 [25-15, 25-12, 25-14]

Haley Ko did it in all the Gators’ home victory. Ko tallied 11 assists, seven aces, seven digs and one kill to lead Reservoir. The Gators dominated at the service line with 19 aces.

Reservoir stats: Haley Ko (11 assists, 7 aces, 7 digs, 1 kill), Samiha Foster (11 kills, 2 aces, 8 digs), Madison Hill (5 kills, 1 dig, 1 block, 1 ace), Maddie Beckett (4 kills), Gabby Allen (5 aces, 3 assists, 8 digs), Jess Rothermel (3 aces, 10 assists, 4 digs).

Glenelg stats: Liesl Walter (3 kills, 1 block), Mackenzie Calhoun (3 kills, 3 aces, 4 digs), Sydney Yoon (6 digs), Lindsay Kelley (1 kill, 11 assists, 2 digs).

Records: Re 8-1; G 3-4.

River Hill def. Mt. Hebron — 3-0 [25-16, 25-16, 25-21]

River Hill stats: Abby Chicorelli (3 kills, 2 blocks), Christina Lui (10 kills), Grace Leska (8 kills), Shreeni Chikyala (6 kills, 3 blocks, 2 aces), Brooke Laumann (4 aces, 9 digs), Sungeen Ghumann (22 assists, 2 aces, 6 digs).

Mt. Hebron stats: Emerson Rose (17 assists, 5 digs), Caroline Zheng (10 digs, 1 assist), Juliana Guzman (9 digs, 1 assist, 1 ace), Ava Bradley (8 kills, 4 digs, 1 block), Jillian Shoultz (4 kills, 2 blocks), Emma Kate Bates (3 kills, 2 digs, 1 block).

Records: RH 8-0; MH 3-5.

Marriotts Ridge def. Wilde Lake — 3-0 [25-11, 25-16, 25-18]

Marriotts Ridge stats: Leah Liu (9 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs), Vivian O’Brien (7 kills, 1 ace, 10 digs), Eva Hull (29 assists), Rhisen Davis (14 kills, 1 ace, 11 digs), Manasvi Mamilla (1 ace, 14 digs).

Records: MR 5-2; WL 0-7.

Howard def. Atholton — 3-0 [25-15, 25-10, 25-20]

Howard stats: Corinne Chau (4 aces, 7 kills) Kelenna Onukwugha (8 kills), Tyller Williams ( 2 aces 8 kills, 2 blocks), Sanaya Srivastava (5 kills, 1 block), Ayanna Pharoah (1 kill, 30 assists), Briana May (17 digs).

Records: Ho 7-0; A 2-6.

Hammond def. Long Reach — 3-0 [25-14, 28-26, 25-19]

Hammond stats: Safi Hampton (3 aces, 17 kills, 1 assist, 6 digs), Zahra Miknas (5 aces, 7 kills, 1 block, 9 digs), Jenna Kreh (1 ace, 1 kill, 28 assists, 10 digs), Erin Peters (3 aces, 2 kills, 1 block, 6 digs).

Long Reach stats: Allison Brown (2 aces, 5 kills, 2 digs), Isabella Mora (4 aces, 5 kills, 1 block, 5 digs), Hayley Norton (1 ace, 3 kills, 1 block, 13 assists, 2 digs), Mia Rubio (3 aces, 3 assists, 11 digs), Ally Ryans (3 kills, 2 blocks), Kailey Young (4 kills, 1 block, 8 digs).

Records: Ha 2-5; LR 1-7, 2-7.

Centennial def. Oakland Mills — 3-0 [25-14, 25-17, 25-17]

The Eagles swept the Scorpions to earn the victory on Senior Night. Centennial honored its four seniors — Holli Kraisser, Riley Stile, Kelly Sterenberg and Kendall Kreidel — before the game.

Centennial stats: Holli Kraisser (5 digs), Riley Stile (1 kill, 1 ace), Kelly Sterenberg (1 kill), Mailinh Godschall (11 kills, 8 aces, 4 digs), Abi Griffin (8 kills), Kaley MacLellan (3 kills, 2 blocks), Jenny Dong (1 ace, 4 digs), Caleigh Kim (1 kill, 2 aces, 9 digs), Brianna Bossom (6 kills, 3 aces, 25 assists).

Oakland Mills stats: Michaela Murray (4 kills), Jasmine Armoo (1 kill, 4 blocks), Shanai Smith (1 kill, 12 digs), Zhenzhu Nelson (2 aces, 10 kills, 10 digs), Kathryn Rogan (1 ace, 1 dig, 15 assists).

Records: C 6-1; OM 1-7.

Chapelgate def. St Frances — 3-0 [25-10, 25-16, 25-11]

Chapelgate stats: Selah Holland (9 aces, 9 assists, 3 dig), Isabelle Florent (1 kill, 1 dig 1 block), Amanda Morse (1 ace, 1 assist, 6 digs), Maddie James (3 aces, 2 kills, 3 digs), Grace Salveron (2 aces, 2 assists, 5 digs), Aniya Jones (2 aces, 4 kills, 4 digs), Chase Grant (2 aces, 1 kill).


Atholton 30, Hammond 15

Records: A 4-1; Ha 1-4.

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