Following a week of storm delays and scrambled games, local schools are finally settling into their schedules.
After a solid win against Broadneck, South River fell to River Hill for its second loss. While battling the Hawks for possession, the Seahawks also battled the grass field.
“The biggest challenge for us was adjusting to the grass, which took us about 15 to 20 minutes of play. River Hill was able to capitalize on a set corner piece during that time in that first half,” South River Coach Megan Atkinson said.
That goal was the difference, and River Hill won, 1-0.
The Seahawks’ home field is turf, as are all of the schools in Anne Arundel County. Playing on grass meant adjusting their style.
“It’s hard to adjust to because the speed of the game is slowed down dramatically due to the thickness of the grass,” Atkinson said. “Many of the skills that require quick hands and slight touches [on turf] can’t be done on grass. We’ve become much more of a passing team than a ‘big hit,’ downfield-type team. Small passes on grass can be done, but because it is slower, a defender may still be able to stay in the play.”
1. St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (4-0) Last ranked: 2
The Saints haven’t conceded a goal since Sept. 8. They’ll take on a tough St. John’s team Wednesday.
2. W.T. Woodson (6-0) LR: 3
The Cavaliers crushed Yorktown and Robinson, and they have outscored opponents 9-0 in September.
3. Langley (8-1) LR: 1
In a rematch with Washington-Lee, the Saxons dropped a nail-biter, 1-0, for their first loss. They’ll look to rebound vs. Chantilly and Yorktown this week.
4. Westfield (6-1) LR: 4
After losing in tournament play to St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, the Bulldogs returned to their winning ways against Chantilly and South Lakes, both on the road. Friday night, they return home to play Lake Braddock.
5. Fairfax (8-1) LR: 6
Following a shutout of South County, the Rebels face consecutive tough opponents: Georgetown Visitation and No. 2 Woodson.
6. Spalding (5-1) LR: 7
Forward Margot Lawn notched a hat trick against Roland Park. With Notre Dame Prep and Garrison Forrest on the schedule this week, the Cavaliers will need that and more.
7. South River (5-2) LR: 8
After falling to River Hill, the Seahawks gutted out a win against Mount Hebron thanks to two goals from midfielder Darcy Clement.
8. St. John’s (2-0) LR: 10
After throttling Elizabeth Seton, 7-0, the Cadets face a tough test against No. 1 St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes on Wednesday.
9. Chesapeake (4-2) LR: 9
In a rematch with Delmar, the Cougars were shut out, 6-0, but they rebounded against Marriotts Ridge on Monday night. They return to action against River Hill next Tuesday.
10. Churchill (3-0) LR: NR
Alexandra Sperling scored an overtime winner vs. Walter Johnson on Thursday. The Bulldogs’ Monday night game against Sherwood was canceled, so they’ll be well rested when they take on rival Whitman at home Saturday.
Dropped out: No. 5 Severna Park
On the bubble: Severna Park, Glenelg, Good Counsel