For Loch Raven, respect was its goal yesterday against Perry Hall.
"We had lost to Mercy, and we were afraid if teams saw that we had lost again that we wouldn't get as much respect," said Loch Raven sweeper Nicole Froman.
Froman and her sister, Ashley, helped eliminate that worry. Ashley scored twice and Nicole added a goal and an assist as No. 8 Loch Raven blanked No. 2 Perry Hall, 3-0, in a Baltimore County Division I game.
Visiting Loch Raven (5-1, 3-0) dominated from the start. The Raiders kept the ball in the Perry Hall end of the field nearly the entire first half and much of the second, controlling the tempo with slick passing and having little trouble.
"The better team won today, there's no doubt in my mind," said Perry Hall coach Patrick Sokoloski.
Loch Raven put repeated pressure on Perry Hall (5-1, 3-1) with its speed and passing. The Raiders' passing, especially in the Perry Hall end, let them manufacture numerous scoring chances.
"We did a pretty good job of controlling it and working it down the wings," said Loch Raven coach Anthony Menegatti. "I was very impressed with the passing today."
Good passing helped the Raiders score their first goal in the 24th minute.
On a throw-in, Nicole Froman sent a long ball across the box and into a crowd. Freshman Ashley Froman headed it past goalie Stephanie Koman (14 saves) for her first career goal and a 1-0 lead.
The Perry Hall offense awoke late in the first half. A little while after Loch Raven's Sue Giannaccini headed a shot off the post that Koman quickly covered, Kari Siess got the ball in close for Perry Hall but fired it over the crossbar.
The Gators also found some chances early in the second half. Niki Foos had the best opportunity with an open shot from about 10 yards out, but put it over the crossbar.
"We knew 1-0 wasn't much," said Nicole Froman. "The second and third goals were [important]."
Ashley Froman struck again in the 60th minute. She took a nice through ball from Giannaccini and beat Koman with a 15-yard shot from the right wing.
Moments later, in the 61st minute, Nicole Froman made it 3-0 with a perfectly placed 40-yard direct kick.
Loch Raven also got help from its defense. The Raiders, especially Nicole Wartman and Anne Mobley, closely marked Perry Hall's offensive threats and kept them quiet.
"I think we proved a lot to [Perry Hall]," said Ashley Froman. "We really wanted to beat them."