Hammond girls continue strong run in soccer Unbeaten, unscored upon Golden Bears roll, 4-0,

September 13, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Hammond's girls soccer team remained unbeaten and unscored upon thanks to yesterday's 4-0 victory over McDonough of Charles County in the championship of the Atholton Tournament.

"I thought we played pretty well. We did what we wanted to do," said Hammond coach Peter Di Marco. "We have the talent to control a game and I think we proved that."

Junior Jennifer Hendin scored twice and Melissa Workman and Monica Serianni each added goals for the Golden Bears (3-0-1). Erin Davis, Emily Sherwood and Katie Fink had assists.

Hammond has 11 seniors on the team, and nine of them start. "We have the experience and are playing with confidence," said Di Marco, whose team has scored 17 goals after a scoreless tie against Fallston to open the season. "We've been working on our shooting and a lot of people are scoring from different positions.

"Overall it was a good weekend for us," added Di Marco, whose team routed Howard, 7-0, in the tournament opener on Friday. "I'm really proud of the kids. I know it's not going to be this easy the rest of the season, but we've proved we can score."

And the defense -- led by seniors Lauren Traber (sweeper), Kelly Workman (left fullback) and Lindsey Mitchell (goalie) -- has proved it will keep the Golden Bears in every game.

Hammond doesn't play again until Sept. 25 when it opens the league season at Glenelg.

Atholton won the consolation, 2-1, over Howard when Erin Lipple scored from 15 yards out with less then a minute left.

"I thought we came out and played pretty strong," said Atholton coach Wendell Thomas. "We showed some confidence."

Samantha Belin's goal gave Atholton (1-2) a 1-0 halftime lead. Howard (0-3) tied it on a breakaway by Shenyta Abrams.

Thomas said his team also played well in a 3-1 loss to McDonough on Friday. Lipple scored the Raiders' lone goal in that game.

Field hockey

Centennial Tournament: Senior forward Jessica Manzone scored twice and added an assist to power 11th-ranked Centennial over Glenelg, 3-0, in the consolation game.

Chesapeake-AA won the tournament, upsetting fourth-ranked St. Paul's, 1-0.

"We came into this game [against Glenelg] really excited," said Manzone. "We wanted to play like we knew we could play. I thought we played a really nice game against St. Paul's [a 4-0 loss earlier yesterday], and we wanted to keep that same intensity.

"Our short game was very, very good, and we did a lot of talking."

Centennial coach Gail Purcell said the victory was "a team effort. Everyone played with heart and soul. I was very pleased with their effort."

The Eagles (2-2) dominated Glenelg (0-2-1) in the first half, and Purcell said that was a direct result of playing scrimmages this season against McDonogh and Roland Park and games against Friends and St. Paul's. "Lessons learned from playing against private schools," Purcell said. "We try to play against schools in -- the top 10 because it makes us a better team."

The Centennial defense was led by sophomore sweeper Laura Gaudio, junior goalie Donna Boccuzzi and junior back Rebecca Frederick.

Glenelg, which trailed 2-0 at halftime, outplayed Centennial for much of the second half. "I don't think the score reflected the game," Purcell said. "Glenelg did a very nice job. As the season goes on, they're going to get better."

Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid agreed. "We have a young team," she said. "It's going to take awhile to come into that fast lane and play with the intensity other varsity teams play with."

Amanda Garratt, who scored in the Gladiator's 3-1 first-round loss to Chesapeake-AA, and senior defender Kara Riel each played well yesterday.

River Hill Tournament: Eight days ago Arundel beat River Hill, 2-0. Yesterday, Arundel topped the Hawks again, 1-0, in the championship game.

"Arundel looked better than last time," said River Hill coach Martha Henderson. "They outhustled us in the first half. We adjusted and put more pressure on them in the second half."

Overall, Henderson was pleased with her team's play. "We looked good," said Henderson, whose team beat Sherwood, 2-1, on Friday. "And I think we learned a lot from playing 4A schools."

Henderson said that goalie Carly Jones, who had 18 saves, "kept in the game" against Arundel. "She was awesome."

Candice Ezzat, Heather Doyle and Lindsey Startt also played well for the Hawks.

Long Reach won its consolation game, 1-0, over Sherwood. Alexis Matusewitch, who scored her team's lone goal in Friday's 2-1 loss to Arundel, scored in the second half to even the Lightning's record at 2-2.

"We played well. We controlled the game," said Long Reach coach Kelly Snyder, who praised the play of offensive leader Kristen Lorch.

Snyder said her team played poorly against Arundel. "We really didn't start playing until there were 15 minutes left in the second half," Kelly said. "We have the skills. The challenge for us is to use them all the time. It's the mental game."

Pub Date: 9/13/98

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