SSPP-GUNSTON GIRLS SOCCER 19

Saints Peter and Paul's Caroline McKelvy pushes the ball through the midfield during the first half of Monday's game against Gunston.   

Sts. Peter and Paul 4 — Gunston 2

EASTON — It’s been a while since Ashley Reinoehl played soccer, but she hasn’t forgotten how to put the ball in the net.

Reinoehl scored what proved to be the game-winner off a rebound with 16 minutes, 25 seconds remaining, and Caroline Shilling added an insurance goal with less than a minute to play Monday, helping Saints Peter and Paul High’s girls’ soccer team to a 4-2 victory over Gunston School.

“I haven’t played soccer since I was very little,” Reinoehl said.

The freshman showed she’s remembered a little bit from her younger days.

Tied 2-2, Saints Peter and Paul’s Leila Robinson, who unloaded at least half a dozen hard shots on goal throughout the game, gained possession of a ball deep in the left corner and hammered a cross through the crease that Gunston keeper Olivia Hershey made an initial save on, but couldn’t contain. Reinoehl moved to the front of the net, and with Hershey trying to get back to her feet, made an easy tap-in for a 3-2 Sabres lead.

“I didn’t think it was going to bounce off the goalie like that,” Reinoehl said. “I was kind of nervous I wasn’t going to make it. But then I kind of just (winged) it and shot it and seen where it went. And then I was happy that I made it.”

After a 6-0 season-opening loss to Severn last week, the Sabres evened their overall record to 1-1, and are 1-0 in the Eastern Shore Interscholastic Athletic Association.

“It showed us what we definitely needed to work on,” Sts. Peter & Paul head coach Jess Kile said of the Severn loss. “We just had to step up more as a team together. But overall a loss once in a while builds character.”

Shilling almost gave the Sabres a lead in the fourth minute when she sent a high-arcing shot off the crossbar. The Herons (2-1, 0-1) responded with a nice build-up, working the ball deep down right wing, where Cedar Foster steered a centering pass through the crease that found Isabella Adams on the far post for an easy chip shot and a 1-0 Gunston lead.

Less than eight minutes later, Shilling gained control in the midfield and directed another floater that got just over the leaping Hershey and into the net for a 1-1 tie.

Gunston made a bid to regain the lead in the following minute, when Foster came steaming in from left wing and struck a shot that was foiled by Sabres freshman goalie Sarah Krochesky. Foster got free on a breakaway less than six minutes later, but her shot went wide left.

Sts. Peter & Paul tested Hershey during a nine-minute window, as Hattie Messick and Shilling were each denied before Shilling teed off with a rocket from 25 yards out that Gunston’s junior keeper pulled in.

“That’s a young goalie,” Gunston head coach Jon Mellinger said of Hershey. “This is going to be her first full-time season as a goalie. She was playing center-mid for us part time last year, probably split games with the other girl we had. But this year, this is her first year full time. So she’s got those natural instincts. We just got to get her technical work covered.”

Robinson carried a ball down left wing unmarked with under five minutes in the first half and booted a drive that went off Hershey’s hands and nestled into the net’s right corner for a 2-1 Sabres lead.

But Gunston, which erased a 2-1 deficit to beat Indian Creek, 3-2, then escaped a 3-1 hole to defeat Key School, 4-3, answered with under 30 seconds remaining in the half, as Foster got sprung on another break away and fired the equalizer past Krochesky for a 2-2 halftime tie.

“We’ve got some speed up top,” Mellinger said.

Saints Peter and Paul created the better opportunities to break the tie in the first 10 minutes of the second half, with Hershey twice stopping Robinson, Shilling angling a shot from left wing over the goal, and Robinson chipping a floater off the crossbar.

But Robinson chased down a ball in the far left corner with under 17 minutes left and drilled a pass that skidded across the crease, was stopped by Hershey, but rolled to Reinoehl for the game-winner.

Shilling punctuated the win with a nifty individual effort, carrying through the midfield then getting past two defenders before neatly tucking a shot into the right side for a 4-2 lead.

“I was driven to get that second goal,” Shilling said. “Made myself proud at the end.”

Shilling, Robinson and Caroline McKelvy played a strong midfield game for the Sabres, and have the potential to improve on last season, when Kile struggled with numbers largely because of injuries.

“They’re holding down the midfield, doing really well,” Kile said. “They work really well together and they’re definitely irreplaceable in my book.”

Queen Anne’s 13, Wicomico 0

CENTREVILLE — Abby Blanchard scored two goals and set up three more, and Riley Napier netted two goals and two assists to pace the Lions.

Ryleigh Jordan had a goal and a pair of assists for Queen Anne’s County (1-0), and Kaitlyn Robinson, Jess Wright and Shyanne Seymour each had a goal and assist. The Lions also got goals from Maggie Hutton, Megan Majchrzak, Abbi Barnette, Karlie Hickson and Sierra Lester. Caitlyn Rath added an assist.

N. Caroline 2, Stephen Decatur 1

RIDGELY — Pearl Sutton scored the game-winning goal off Tanya Haro’s corner as the Bulldogs improved to 2-0.

Sydney Baker scored North Caroline’s other goal.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Easton 3, Wicomico 2

SALISBURY — Kevin Mejia set up two goals, then scored the game-winner in overtime to lift the Warriors in their season-opener.

Goalie Ashton Echternach made six saves for Easton, which got goals from Osman Garniga and Devin Vasquez.

Stephen Decatur 4, N. Caroline 1

BERLIN — Miguel Cervantes scored twice and Micah Bourne added a goal to pace the Seahawks.

Bryan Reyna scored North Caroline’s goal.

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