There were two types of field hockey games played Wednesday — a one-goal game and a shutout. There was nothing in between.
River Hill, Hammond and Long Reach were all on the winning side. Marriotts Ridge had to settle for a scoreless tie.
Glenelg, which was scheduled to face South River at home, played just less than five minutes before having its game postponed because of rain. Neither team had scored.
Broadneck 2, Mt. Hebron 1
Six minutes into the Broadneck-Mt. Hebron game, officials spotted lightning and ordered the stadium cleared for the mandatory 30-minute delay.
When the break was over, Broadneck struck quickly, scoring twice in less than two minutes. Anna Feick, on a corner play, and Emily Eckels slipped shots past the Mt. Hebron defense.
Although Broadneck held its 2-0 advantage through most of the second half, a determined Mt. Hebron team made the Bruins play deep in their own territory.
To add another element, a strong rain fell the last six minutes of the game.
While the Vikings dominated the second half, and overall had more corners than Broadneck, the team struggled to get the ball over the goal line until Denise Linn scored on a corner with 1:16 seconds left.
"I knew we really needed to get a goal," Linn said. "It was a beautiful hit out and I hit it as hard as I could."
The Vikings were awarded another corner with 27 seconds to play, but were unable send the game into overtime.
"We had our corners, we just need to score on them," said Mt. Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland.
Goals: B — Anna Feick, Emily Eckels. MH — Denise Linn.
Assists: B — Anna Feick. MH — Jaden Ross.
Saves: B — Peri Long 13. MH — Julia Cargiluo 2, Jen Schaaf 5.
Halftime: Broadneck, 2-0.
Hammond 4, Meade 3 (OT)
Rachel McLanahan scored twice and Megan Mantsch scored once, but it was Bethany Hewitt who tipped the game in Hammond's favor. Hewitt, a junior who is new to field hockey, scored late in the overtime.
River Hill 3, Howard 0
Gaby Hamburger, Abby Swygert and Quinn Kindbom scored to lead River Hill past Howard, 3-0.
The two teams had a similar number of penalty corners, but River Hill had nearly three times as many shots as Howard did in the game.
"We just couldn't finish," said Howard coach Kristen Vance. "River Hill played a great game. The loss was a disappointing way to start the season, but we learned a lot."
Goals: RH — Gaby Hamburger Abby Swygert, Quinn Kindbom. Ho — none.
Assists: RH — Bailey Schwab.
Saves: RH — Caroline Kral 6. Ho — Casey Lawlor 15.
Halftime: River Hill, 1-0.
Marriotts Ridge 0, Severna Park 0
The game started, then stopped because of the stormy weather. Then, it started again long enough to complete the first half.
Not quite two minutes into the second half, though, the game had to be stopped again because of thunder.
The officials ultimately decided to call the game.
"It counts as a tie since we played at least a half," said Marriotts Ridge coach Stacie Gado.
Arundel 3, Atholton 2
A one hour, 45 minute thunder delay, made the Atholton-Arundel game a marathon.
All of the scoring came in the first half.
Atholton's defense sparkled in the second half with keeper Adira Colton making 10 of her 13 saves, and defenders Ashley Martin, Maddy Decelles and Sarah Courtney proving unbeatable.
Goals: Ar — Parnlia 2, Roy. At — Tori Raulin, Stephanie Gottwals.
Assists: Ar — none. At — Faryn Katz.
Saves: Ar — Jerman 8. At — Adira Colton 13.
Halftime: Arundel, 3-2.
Long Reach 10, Glen Burnie 0
North County 2, Oakland Mills 0
Southern 9, Wilde Lake 0
Blake 2, Reservoir 0
Standings (after Sept. 7 games)
River Hill, 1-0 county, 3-0 overall
Glenelg, 0-0, 2-0
Centennial, 0-0. 1-0
Hammond, 0-0, 1-0
Long Reach, 0-0, 1-0
Mt. Hebron, 0-0, 2-1
Atholton, 0-0, 1-1
Reservoir, 0-0, 1-2
Marriotts Ridge, 0-0, 0-0-1
Oakland Mills, 0-0, 0-1
Wilde Lake, 0-0, 0-1
Howard, 0-1, 0-1
Glenelg Country, 0-0 (IAAM B), 1-0