Gladiators primed for a run to playoffs

Tough early schedule for Glenelg girls soccer

Notebook

September 27, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER

At this time last year, the Glenelg girls soccer team was in the midst of a 7-0 start and had not allowed a goal.

This season, the No. 11 Gladiators are 2-3-1, but there is no reason for panic.

Glenelg coach Dean Sheridan is banking on a tough early-season schedule priming his Gladiators for the playoff run. The Gladiators' three losses have all been by one goal against then-No. 1 John Carroll, current No. 1 Archbishop Spalding, and most recently, Thursday's 2-1 setback to No. 2 River Hill.

"I'm not concerned where we're at - I like the schedule we've played," Sheridan said. "I'd like to win these games, but I'd rather learn from these games. I played 18 girls against River Hill. You need that time and those minutes and that experience for sure when we get [to the playoffs]."

Sheridan wants to see the Gladiators get to the point where they can play 80 strong minutes. In last week's loss to River Hill, they were worn out in the second half, with the Hawks taking over the midfield and getting a pivotal second-half goal for the win.

"We have to be able to maintain physical and mental fitness for 80 minutes," Sheridan said. "They have to be willing to work."

Super sub

While the Atholton football team came up on the short end of a 28-21, double-overtime game at Glenelg on Friday, credit should go to third-string quarterback Doug Carpenter.

With senior starter Brett McQuilkin recovering from a shoulder injury and backup Justin Mather also out with an injury, Carpenter was thrust into the starting lineup and did a commendable job. With the Raiders down, 14-7, late in the fourth quarter, the junior hit wide receiver Dijon Patterson right between the numbers on a slant pattern that went 58 yards for the tying score.

"I thought he played a super game," said Atholton coach Chuck Fales, who modified the game plan slightly. "You got a third-string quarterback in a big game like this - it was wonderful. We had a little problem in the first quarter throwing passes, but he settled down."

Fales said McQuilkin could possibly return for Friday's home game against Reservoir.

Also on Friday, Marriotts Ridge earned its first varsity win with a 16-13 victory at Oakland Mills, as coach Ken Hovet got a win against defeated his former team.

Dual test for Hawks

The River Hill cross country team will be among the 115 schools competing in Saturday's Bull Run Invitational at Hereford High. Teams from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and Washington will compete.

Sophomore Katie Harman, who placed second at states as a freshman, leads the No. 3 River Hill girls team, while the boys team has relied on depth to earn its No. 5 ranking.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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