Glenelg's girls soccer team is off to its best start since coach Mike Williams took over the program eight years ago. The 13th-ranked Gladiators got goals from four different players yesterday in a 4-1 victory over visiting Westminster and improved to 2-0.
"It's better than being 0-2," Williams said. "And I've been there."
Glenelg took a 2-1 halftime lead on goals by Danielle Deveruex and Anne Clark. Jen Fields and Lindsay Lewis added second-half goals. Chrissy Starcher, Caitlin O'Grady and Fields had assists. Westminster is the defending Class 4A state champion, but returned only two starters.
Asked about his team's potential, Williams said: "If they can develop the ability to play the entire 80 minutes, that's the key now. They have to keep their intensity and focus."
Third-ranked River Hill has three pairs of sisters, and one of them combined to score in the Hawks' 3-1 season-opening victory Wednesday at Bel Air.
Fana Walcott, a sophomore playing in her first varsity game, assisted on senior Rashida Walcott's goal that gave River Hill a 2-0 halftime lead. Shannon Jackson scored earlier off a throw-in by Megan Buescher, and Kelsey Cronin added a second-half goal on an assist from Jackson.
River Hill coach Joan Kelso Smedley said the game was physical, and starting midfielder Maria Masciantonio left the contest after injuring her left ankle.
The Hawks' two other sister combinations are Kelsey and Lynlea Cronin, senior and sophomore, respectively, and Jamie and Samatha Goertler, sophomore and freshman, respectively.
Howard opened its season with a 2-2 tie at Frederick. Freshman Christin Warfield and senior Katie McNulty scored for the Lions, who received a 19-save performance from junior goalie Vicki Witherspoon. First-year coach Gretta Schaefer said her team played "awesome," and complimented senior forward Sara Aefsky, who played in goal last season. "She played with a lot of heart," Schaefer said.
Two of the best volleyball programs in the state meet at 5 p.m. today when Class 4A state champion Northern of Calvert County plays at Class 3A state champion Centennial.
A year ago, Centennial traveled to Northern and lost, 15-11, 15-6, 15-8, in its season opener.
Senior Julija Sajauskas said the top-ranked Eagles are "better now then we were at this time last year," especially on defense.
"I think we're all every excited and nervous at the same time," said Sajauskas, a defensive specialist who has a hard shot from the back row. "But we know it's not the end of the world if we lose."
Glenelg and first-year coach Jennifer Beall got off to a good start Wednesday with a 15-4, 9-15, 16-14, 15-7 win at 11th-ranked Bel Air. Lauren Culler had 14 aces and eight kills, setter Tara Stradling had 24 assists and Melanie Mills added 16 digs and six aces.
Three county teams opened the season with victories this week. Seventh-ranked Glenelg received goals from Shannon Emerson, Kristina Schwarz and Elizabeth Narron in a 3-0 victory at Middletown. Bean Cisna scored twice and Sophie Dress added a goal in Howard's 3-1 win at Frederick. First-year River Hill coach Shelly Chamness got off to a good start as Jackie Sass, Tanya Rutner and Stephanie Babcock scored in the Hawks' 3-1 victory against visiting C. Milton Wright.