Glenelg girls soccer defeats Walkersville in penalty kicks 5-4 to claim Crab Pot Invitational tournament title on Saturday, Sept. 3 at Annapolis High School.
It was a productive Saturday for Glenelg at Annapolis High School. Not only did the Gladiators match last season's win total, but also – after defeating Kent Island 5-1, and Walkersville in penalty kicks – clinched a Crab Pot Invitational tournament championship as well.
"I think it's a really good start and lifts up the confidence for the whole team," said Glenelg sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Henderson after winning the 5-4 decision against the Lions in penalty kicks. "Last year I know we didn't have very many wins and we got rid of a lot of seniors, so it is a lot of new players but I think this is really going to boost how we're going to play the whole season."
After handily defeating the Buccaneers in the opening round game earlier that morning, the Gladiators were set up for a rematch against the Lions who earned their first win of the year after beating Annapolis 1-0.
Walkersville earned a 2-0 win over Glenelg in a scrimmage Tuesday at Glenelg High School, but in Saturday's contest Henderson and the Gladiators defense stayed firm and did not concede a goal in the contest.
"It was a good day," said Glenelg coach Andrew Shearer. "It was positive. We played as a team today; it was great. We actually lost to them 2-0 in a scrimmage and to come back and respond to that it's fantastic. We were down players and they showed a lot of resiliency."
Walkersville put up a few more chances on net than the Gladiators in the first half, but could not connect. The Lions earned three corners and two free kick's within their offensive zone, but were unable to get anything dangerous on net.
Glenelg suffered an early blow in the game as junior captain Anna Callahan went down with an injury, following a hard slide tackle about halfway through the first period.
Callahan did not reenter, and according to Shearer will miss about 10 days. However, the Gladiators didn't let the loss of Callahan deter their play.
"When you see a player go down like that you want to play for them," Shearer said. "I think that's what we did. We played for each other – Anna will be happy."
Walkersville out-shot Glenelg 6-2 in the second half, as the Lions earned a multitude of chances within their offensive third. They were given three free kick's inside the Gladiators half, along with three corner kicks as well. Nothing too dangerous was put on Henderson, however, as she finished with eight saves in 100 minutes of action.
"We're good in the air. We have some big tall bodies that attack the ball with their heads and the way the conditions were with the wind and everything it's going to be difficult for goalkeepers, so we wanted to get a lot of serves in the box and make their defense move side to side. That's always our plan is to get balls in the box," said Walkersville coach Paul Bryan. "We played Glenelg on Tuesday night at their place and we put them 2-0. They made some adjustments and they got players behind the ball."
The best chance of the afternoon came with just seconds remaining in regulation, as Glenelg was given a free kick about 20 yards from the box. Freshman midfielder Taylor Carter quickly stepped up and sent a booming shot heading toward the back of the net, but Lions goalkeeper Jazzmin Salters (four saves) got up and punched the potential game-winner over the crossbar, preserving the tie and ultimately forcing extra time.
"She's a freshman, she's a really good athlete, she's learning, she has really great instincts and she gets better each and every day," Bryan said. "Like I said she's a freshman, not a whole lot of playing experience, she's a great athlete and she's good out of the air. She did a good job."
After two 10-minute sudden death overtimes where the two teams combined for just four shots on frame, the game went to penalties.
"I was very nervous when we went into penalty kicks," Henderson admitted. "I felt a lot of pressure, but I couldn't let my team down and I knew I was going to do everything I could to block the shot."
Shearer wasn't too worried heading into the shootout. He was confident in his young stars, as his first four kickers – Carter, Hope Grzebien, Mia Stamatakis and Isabel Posey – were all underclassmen.
"They're good, I believe in them," Shearer said. "This is for me to build a program [around them]. They are awesome. They are going to be great leaders."
All four buried their shots, while the Lions netted their first three before Jenna Molnar's attempt sailed high of the mark. Junior captain Bethany Stewart then stepped up and finished her shot to clinch the win and the tournament title for the Gladiators.
"I think it's really good to step outside of our comfort zone and play up to a quality opponent," Bryan said. "They definitely knocked the ball around, kept the ball on the ground and made us work. Up in Frederick County we have some good teams up there… so I think we'll benefit from this as we get through the year."
"It's a different group and they believe," Shearer added. "Technically they are better and this [win] gave them confidence moving forward to River Hill."
In their season opener, the Scorpions (0-2) fell to Blake, 4-1, with their lone goal coming from sophomore Kerry Browne.
"We did better at taking space," said Scorpions coach Aidan Hahn. "When we have the ball and there is space in front of them [and] the girls made the mistake of just passing. We still kind of have to learn from that mistake, but they did way better taking space. They did a good job of trying to go outside and then going back in, because that's something that we're working on. We had some solid shots on goal, so we just need to make sure that the possession we have, we have to create some chances - those are some of the positives."
Oakland Mills faced Loch Raven in the consolation game of the OM Tournament, and matched the Raiders in the first half of play. Isabella Nelson tallied the Scorpions lone goal of the afternoon, which also propelled the 1-1 tie at the break.
The game turned, however, early in the second period when Loch Raven was awarded a penalty kick after a foul in the box. The Raiders took the 2-1 advantage with just less than 33 minutes left in the game, but they added on with two more goals at the 27- and 26-minute mark – both of which coming off break-away opportunities.
"I think it was demoralizing, because they weren't many fouls that were going against us and I think that kind of put us in a crunch and plus, there was other instances when we were getting burned on one side of the field and when you keep seeing that happening over and over again that's demoralizing," Hahn said. "I think the girls had a hard time adjusting after that. But I think the latter half I thought the picked it up once the score settled down, so overall there's definitely some work that needs to be done for sure."
Oakland Mills tallied 11 shots on goal, versus 19 for Loch Raven.
The Scorpions next game is Thursday at Patapsco.
Reservoir started the season at home with a tie against Harford Tech Saturday, then earned its first win of the season – a 1-0 decision – over Northeastern.
The Gators dominated much of the game against the Cobras registering 12 shots on frame, however they could not find the back of the net.
"[We] were just off on our finishing," said Reservoir coach Phil Ranker. "The other team's keeper had a couple of really nice diving saves, but we will look back on that game and wish we would've converted better."
In the Gators second game of the day, they faced an evenly matched Eagles club. Reservoir scored early in the game to take the 1-0 lead, but Northeastern fought back and gained possession in the final 15 minutes of the first half. However, neither team garnered any quality chances on net in that span.
The second half played much like the last minutes of the first period, with neither team getting anything dangerous on frame. In the end, the Gators walked away with its first win of 2016.
River Hill kicked off its regular season at North Harford High School Saturday, as it took on Edgewood and Patterson Mill.
The Hawks opened up with a convincing 3-1 victory over the Rams. Junior Victoria Tran netted two goals for River Hill, while junior Megan Chun tallied her first goal of the season in the win. Sophomore Brigette Wang, junior Cairo Taylor and Chun each picked up an assist in the outing. The Hawks were faced with the daunting task of playing their second game directly after their first win and ultimately ran out of gas against the Huskies. River Hill fell, 3-0.
The Hawks next game will be Sept. 13 versus Glenelg.
Patterson Mill 3, River Hill (1-1) 0 (Saturday, Sept. 3)
River Hill 3, Edgewood 1 (Saturday, Sept. 3)
Goals: Tran 2, Chun.
Assists: Wang, Taylor, Chun.
Mt. Hebron (2-0) 1, Catonsville (0-2) 1 (MH in pk's)
The Vikings improved to 2-0 after defeating the Comets on penalty kicks.
It was the same outcome of Friday's match against Chesapeake, but in Saturday's contest it was junior Mackenzie Folch who registered the goal for Mt. Hebron. Folch netted her goal in regulation, after a beautifully placed left-footed shot far post from just inside the 18.
During the penalty kick shootout, the Vikings netted their first three attempts, while Catonsville hit on its first two shots, before Megan Pallozzi made the stop on its third try, clinching the win for Mt. Hebron.
Centennial (2-0) 2, South Carroll (1-1) 0 (Saturday, Sept. 3)
The Eagles cleaned up with two wins Saturday, after defeating the Cavaliers 2-0.
Both goals were scored in the second half, with sophomore McKenna Griffin registering the Centennial's first goal three minutes into the second period. Senior Jasmine McCree was credited with the assist on the play.
With about 17 minutes remaining, sophomore Ashley Molz netted the Eagles an insurance goal, firing a powerful left-footed shot upper left corner for the score.
Centennial held South Carroll - who defeated Atholton, 1-0, earlier in the day - to just one shot in the game, while eight of the Eagles 11 shots came in the final 40 minutes.
Centennial is back in action Thursday versus Liberty.