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Glenelg Country christens new stadium with field hockey playoff win

GLENELG, MD — Glenelg Country School's field hockey team found the perfect way to initiate the school's newly completed Dragon Stadium.

Friday, on a lovely fall afternoon, the Dragons defeated Annapolis Area Christian School, 2-0, in the opening round of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference playoffs. It was the first game played on the Dragons' turf field since the press box and stadium seating were completed.

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"Our goal today was to win the first day in the new stadium. We wanted to set that record," said Glenelg Country senior Emelia Weir.

Weir helped with the victory by assisting on Tessa More's game-clinching goal. The score came with 5 minutes left to play during a flurry in front of the Annapolis Area Christian goal line.

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Gabby Hernandez hit the ball to Weir, who directed it toward goal. More got the last touch before the ball went over the endline.

Normally Weir, whose sister, Amanda, is also on the team and whose father, Paul, is the school's athletic director, plays a back-up role on corners, but this time she was on the circle and then got to the goalie's pads.

"We need to score on our corners," said Dragons coach Jessica Dolan. "We have too many corners not to be scoring on them."

Megan Hooper scored the only goal of the first half and then her team had to hold on to that one-goal advantage for an agonizingly long time.

"We definitely were a little off on the offensive end," Dolan said.

The Glenelg Country defense was able to hold the Eagles at bay, however.

"We played a really good game," said defender Koko Etokebe. "We were pushing really hard to make sure the ball wouldn't come through (our defense). We had a lot of close calls."

Midfielder Julia Sheehan diverted some of those close calls and defender Olivia Dwelley was effective in driving the Dragons' 16-yard hits well up the field.

"This was a hard-fought game," Dolan said. "AACS came out fired up and we came out a little flat bit I think we picked it up in the second half."

Dolan said that the Dragons benefited from having some fresh legs. Erynne Rasheed and Sydney Johnson were pulled up from JV and made nice contributions.

Etokebe, a senior, missed last year's playoffs due to an injury she received while playing.

"It's all surreal to me and definitely the game before, winning against the third seed," she said.

The Dragons defeated St. Paul's School for Girls, the tournament's third seed, on Tuesday.

Glenelg Country hopes to carry the momentum from the St. Paul's game and the Annapolis Area Christian game into their contest Monday against Maryvale, the top seed in the tournament.

Glenelg Country School 2, Annapolis Area Christian 0

Goals: GCS — Megan Hooper, Tessa More. AACS — none.

Assists: GCS — Emelia Weir.

Saves: GCS —  Sophia Kalaris 4. AACS — Christina Dark 11.

Halftime: Glenelg Country, 1-0.

Standings (as of Oct. 24)

Atholton, 10-1 county, 13-2 overall

Marriotts Ridge, 10-1, 13-2

Glenelg, 10-1, 12-2-1

Mt. Hebron, 8-3, 10-5*

River Hill, 7-4, 9-6*

Howard, 6-5, 7-6

Reservoir, 5-6, 7-8*

Centennial, 4-7, 5-10*

Long Reach, 3-8, 5-10

Wilde Lake, 2-9, 3-10

Oakland Mills, 1-10, 2-13*

Hammond, 0-11, 0-13*

Glenelg Country School, 3-6 (IAAM B), 5-7

* Season over.

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