The No. 7 St. Mary's girls soccer team scored an ideal goal late in the first half and let its defense take care of the rest, coming away with a 1-0 win over No. 3 River Hill last night at the Pioneer Shootout at Anne Arundel Community College.
Senior Jamie Latta one-touched a perfect far-post cross from freshman Kay Knepp in the 37th minute, and then some anxious second-half moments were handled well by junior keeper Marie Oben and the Saints defense.
It was the second win against a ranked opponent for the 2-0 Saints, who knocked off No. 14 Arundel, 3-1, in the tournament opener on Friday.
"We had a couple passes to get up the field and then it was just a great ball from [Knepp] and Jamie finished well," St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin said.
Handling Hawks senior Kara Lewis was the primary second-half chore, and Oben and the rest did it capably.
In the second half, Oben came off her line aggressively on three occasions to turn away Lewis - twice making saves and a third time coming out 30 yards to clear a ball away with the All-Metro forward closing fast.
"It was a pretty big game for us. A couple years ago we lost to them here and it was our only loss of the season," said Oben, who had eight saves. "Our defense played tough. We were doing our best to keep someone marked on [Lewis]. I like to play a more aggressive game."
River Hill fell to 0-1-1.
No. 6 South River 2, Spalding 1: The Seahawks (1-0-1) got a second-half goal from senior forward Jamie Swears and 11 saves from senior goalkeeper Jessica Bennett to come away with the win.
The Cavaliers (1-1) took a 1-0 lead early when sophomore back Fallon Page pushed forward and scored unassisted, but South River senior midfielder Amy Morrison answered 10 minutes later.
Swears provided the game-winner in the 57th minute, in close on the right side and finding the opposite post, and then the Seahawks defense handled a pesky Spalding attack.
No. 14 Arundel 1, Broadneck 0: In control throughout with an effective short passing game, the Wildcats (1-1) finally broke through in the 67th minute when junior midfielder Michelle Zook scored on a direct kick from 20 yards.
With the ball placed on the left edge above the penalty area, Zook slipped a shot under Broadneck sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Ressler at the near post.
The Bruins (0-2) got a strong performance in the back from junior sweeper Natasha Davies as well as Ressler (eight saves).
Arundel was without All-Metro senior midfielder Melissa Hornfeck, who is academically ineligible until Sept. 16.