The Arundel field hockey team had plenty of time to think, wait and practice.
Scraping away the rust built up from a 12-day layoff, the Wildcats finally found an outlet yesterday by overwhelming visiting North County, 4-0, in Gambrills.
Senior attack Megan Filo, junior attack Ashley Snyder, sophomore midfielder Ashley Berry and freshman midfielder Angela Kent each scored a goal for Arundel, which hadn't played since suffering a 1-0 loss to St. Mary's at the River Hill Tournament on Sept. 8.
"After that tournament, we really stepped it up during practice," said junior attack Colleen Moore, who assisted on three of the four goals. "I think it really showed up today. We were able to connect on our passes through the midfield and get some good scoring chances."
Those opportunities were in abundance yesterday against the Knights, who had played well in a 2-0 setback to Broadneck Monday.
With 3:48 off the clock in the first half, Moore crossed the ball from the right side to a wide-open Berry, who drilled the ball into the open net for a 1-0 lead.
Arundel - which improved to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in the county - made it a 2-0 game with 17:53 left when Moore fed Kent at the left post for another open-net goal.
Just 19 seconds into the second half, Moore assisted on a goal that Filo skipped past North County junior goalkeeper Jessie Dayton (12 saves) for a 3-0 advantage.
Snyder later emerged from a scrum in the front of the net to hit the ball into the left corner to conclude the scoring.
That the Wildcats - who enjoyed a 22-6 advantage in shots -were able to score four goals yesterday after going scoreless in two games at the tournament was a pleasant surprise for coach Clint Gosnell.
"We came off two games where we couldn't score a goal," he said. "We needed a game like this where we played well against a strong opponent. To score four goals against [the Knights] is pretty good."
Just as impressive was the defensive effort by senior Shannon Jewell and juniors Megan White and Lori Woolford. They didn't allow North County to register a shot until senior attack Brooke Nowell snapped one off at the 28:14 mark of the second half.
Arundel starting senior goalie Alisa Ester wasn't forced to make a save in the first half, and her replacement, sophomore Katie Dunn, turned away four shots in the second half.
Knights coach Brian Bowles attributed his team's poor showing to its youthful roster.
"We weren't very aggressive to the ball, and they pressured very well," said Bowles, whose squad dropped to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the county. "It's growing pains. Hopefully, we can turn this thing around soon."