The Francis Scott Key Eagles played with a certain degree of desperation last night.
There was a sense of relief as they celebrated a 4-0 win over visiting South Carroll.
Senior Stacey Greene, showing last year's Player of the Year form, was not to be denied with the Eagles looking for their first win after five frustrating losses.
Greene scored three goals and easily could have had at least a couple more if not for some good goaltending from South Carroll's Brandy Jackson and an unkind post. Greene had 10 shots in all with Jackson coming up with four saves, another one hitting the post and two more just wide.
"We had a kid on her the whole game, but if the teammates don't help out it doesn't matter," said South Carroll coach Stacy Stem, whose Cavaliers fell to 1-3.
Ten minutes in, Greene made a run from midfield after controlling a scoop from the defensive end and fired a shot that Jackson turned aside.
She scored her first goal seven minutes later on what started as a broken penalty corner. Marie Legg quickly pushed the ball back into the circle to Greene, who gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Green made it 2-0 early in the second half off a scramble in close and added her third with 20 minutes left when she scored off her own rebound.
"This game meant a lot to us, we were all sick of losing," Greene said. "We came out with a lot more heart and played much more as a team. The links did a great job backing [the forwards] up."
The Eagles started out in a similar slumping fashion last season and came on strong at the end, reaching the state playoffs.
All we talked about was getting one win and the rest will come," said Key coach Mindi Wagner.