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THE BALTIMORE SUN

Ashley Hall didn't care that Mount Hebron had beaten Glenelg the last five years.

"We knew we were going to have a pretty good game," said Hall, a Glenelg senior forward. "We've been playing well this year, and we were ready to play."

Especially Hall. She scored her team's first two goals and assisted on the last as the No. 7 Gladiators upended the 11th-ranked Vikings, 4-1, at Mount Hebron.

Glenelg (4-1 overall, 1-0 league) outshot the Vikings, 27-6, were quicker to the ball, had more speed up front and never allowed Mount Hebron (2-1-1, 0-1) to get into any offensive rhythm.

"We're playing well as a team," said Hall. "And it's more than just having good players. It's communication and playing with a lot of heart."

Mount Hebron, which was without leading scorer Julie Napolitano because of an ankle injury, took a 1-0 lead on Nicki Krause's goal eight minutes into the game.

Hall tied it with 24:39 remaining, then put Glenelg ahead for good with 11:18 left when she took Stephanie Simpson's cross from the right side and placed it in the left corner of the net.

Hall almost had a third goal late in the half. Her shot was stopped nicely by goalie Kim Rekart, but the deflection went to the other side of the goal, where Danielle Deveruex beat her defender and scored for a 3-1 halftime lead.

Katie Kirley, taking a nice crossing pass from Hall, scored six minutes into the second half for the game's final goal.

Hall "puts a lot of pressure on a defense because she's fast and fearless," Williams said. "She's been playing great, but nothing has been falling in for her. Today it did."

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