Glenelg midfielder Stephanie Howell said the turning point of yesterday's rain-drenched game between visiting Oakland Mills and Glenelg came in the 53rd minute of the Gladiators' 3-1 Howard County League victory.
That's when the Scorpions scored to tie the game at 1-1.
"We definitely picked it up at that point," said Howell, dripping wet and covered with mud from head to toe. "From then on, we didn't give them any space."
Added freshman midfielder Chrissy Starcher: "We played harder and more aggressive to the ball. We knew what we had to do to step it up."
Howell and Starcher did their part, scoring goals in the final 13 minutes to lift the Gladiators.
Glenelg, which plays host to Howard today, has outscored its opponents 8-2 during a three-game win streak.
"We're playing with more confidence," said Glenelg coach Mike Williams. "The improvements we're trying to make are working. Good teams can switch the field and create weak-side runs, and that's one thing we're doing."
After a scoreless first half, Glenelg (3-3-1 overall, 2-0 league) needed only four minutes in the second half to move ahead.
Starcher gained control of the ball and dribbled unmarked into the left side of the box. She delivered a centering volley that junior Ashley Hall headed into the right corner of the net.
Oakland Mills (0-6-1, 0-2), which had a first-half goal disallowed, became more offensive-minded at that point and a nice give-and-go between freshman Elena Hekimian and junior Rachel Clinton resulted in a corner kick.
Junior Shannon Glisan took the kick from the left side, and the ball curved inside the near post and off the hands of goalie Kelly Jones for the tying goal.
Howell gave Glenelg the lead when she took a perfect through ball from junior Katie Kirley in the middle and beat goalie Nicole Petro one-on-one with a left-footed shot into the far corner.
Starcher ended the scoring with under two minutes when, standing at the far post, she headed in a high shot from Howell.
"We worked really, really well as a team today," said Howell. "The transition between defense and offense was the best it's been all year."