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Varsity roundup: Hanks' two goals lift No. 6 Archbishop Spalding over No. 9 South River, 2-0, in girls soccer

The impact of a fast goal in soccer is often significant, lifting one team and bringing down the other.

That was the case Saturday when Archbishop Spalding sophomore Abby Hanks scored from 15 yards for a fast lead against South River. She wasn't finished, putting away a second goal later in the half, and the No. 6 Cavaliers were able to secure a 2-0 win over the No. 9 Seahawks at the Anne Arundel Community College Girls Soccer Showcase.

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Archbishop Spalding improved to 2-0-1, while South River fell to 1-1.

"Big rivals and the girls live in those moments and it's a matter of [how] that first goal kind of sets the tone and the momentum shifts, so for us it was great to have that initial goal. Abby just killed it," Spalding coach Ashly Kennedy said. In the second half "we wanted to focus on being consistent and held it together with strong leadership. We have a lot to be proud of from this game."

Hanks said she has been working hard on finishing her scoring chances and it showed in a big way.

Six minutes into the game, she took a pass from senior Kathleen Martin on the left side, gave herself some time and space, and then buried a shot that went off the far post and in. With 11:59 left in the half, she got free again, this time finding the left side from just inside the 18 for the two-goal advantage.

"We knew this was going to be a tough game. We haven't beaten South River the past two years, so we needed to get something early to get off to a good start and I was glad to put it in," Hanks said. "Our senior class is really good, we have a bunch of returning players and I think we're really ready for the season."

In Friday's tournament opener against Severna Park, the Cavaliers were unable to protect a 1-0 first-half lead in a 1-1 tie.

They didn't make the same mistake Saturday, although the Seahawks did have their moments in a bid to get back into the game. The Cavaliers got a strong performance from senior All-Metro defender Emily Roberts, who was mostly responsible for marking South River's All-Metro forward Gracie Grimm. Sophomore midfielder Danielle Etienne also played well in holding down the middle.

South River coach John Sis was pleased with the second-half fight he saw in his team. Junior midfielder Shannon Parness sent a shot from 20 yards just high over the crossbar midway through and junior forward Jessica Turner had a chance in close with 3:05 left, but was unable to get any power behind the shot.

"Spalding will exploit you and we need to learn quickly," said Sis. "We have seven freshmen, so we're going to be a young team this season and we need them to play at a level that is much better and faster than what they are used to. I'm ok with this. We played 25 girls, so I'm happy they got some time against a quality team for them to learn, and they didn't give up."

On Friday, the Seahawks opened the tournament with a 1-0 win over St. Mary's.

More girls soccer

Centennial 2, Chesapeake-AA 0: Kelli Dunagan scored twice to power the Eagles (2-0) past the Cougars (0-2) at the Catonsville Tournament.

Severna Park 4, Severn 3: Michelle Money scored two goals, but the Admirals (1-1) fell to the Falcons (2-0) at the Anne Arundel Community College Tournament.

Football

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Westminster 17, Bowie 0: If Ryan Clatterbuck had intercepted one pass in the Owls' season opener, that would have been impressive.

But the sophomore cornerback made not one but three interceptions in Westminster's 17-0 victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday.

"This win felt great," Clatterbuck said. "We put in the work and last week we had a bad scrimmage, but we came back fighting to get this and everyone contributed. We all put it in."

The visiting Owls got things going in the final minute of the first quarter when junior quarterback Chase Birdow found junior receiver Zane Lewis for a Westminster first down at the Bulldogs 29-yard line. Birdow later carried the ball himself for a 14-yard touchdown.

— Megan Woodward, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Boys soccer

Westminster 1, River Hill 0: In a matchup between teams that were shut out Friday night, the Owls (1-1) outlasted the host Hawks (0-2) on Saturday to take some positive vibes away from the Hawks' season-opening tournament.

Ryan Mills scored midway through the first half, and that proved to be enough for goalkeeper Joey Conklin and the Owls defense, which held strong.

"Yesterday we possessed pretty much the majority of the game but just got unlucky — we had a couple of mental lapses that cost us two goals," said Mills, referring to a 2-0 loss to Liberty on Friday. "So our mentality for this game today was to go 100percent and stay focused every single minute of the game. When I took that free kick — we've been working on it a couple of times, where we put a man on the outside of the wall and then I aim for that guy — it paid off for us."

Mills' goal came after a foul occurred just outside the box. He curled a shot off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net. Both teams had chances, but neither converted except for that early opportunity.

—Brent Kennedy, Baltimore Sun Media Group

No. 2 Archbishop Curley 3, No. 15 Broadneck 1: The Friars (4-0) went on a 3-0 run in the second half to beat the host Bruins (0-1) at their tournament.

No. 10 C. Milton Wright 4, Dulaney 2 on PKs: The Mustangs (2-0) took a 1-0 lead on Jacob Crouse's goal in the first half before Jordan Fields scored the second-half equalizer for the Lions (1-1) at the Brandon Tolson Invitational in Bel Air.

The teams were tied 1-1 after overtime.

Field hockey

River Hill wins two: The Hawks (2-0) beat host Paint Branch, 11-0, and Reservoir, 6-0, at the Paint Branch Tournament.

Gaby Hamburger had a hat trick in both games for River Hill, and Cristina Scolaro had three goals against the host Panthers.

Water polo

Loyola Blakefield wins two: The Dons (2-1) beat Haverford (Pa.), 17-6, and Germantown Academy (Pa.), 16-10, in the second day of the Philmore Cup at Loyola Maryland.

Tiernan Brunner scored five goals against the Fords and three against the Patriots.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

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