When Glen Burnie’s first-year coach Tracee Torrillo took over the field hockey team, she did not ask who was a returning starter or even what the record was last season.

She wanted to start over fresh and work on building her team.  On Wednesday night, the Gophers took a tough 10-0 loss to host Broaneck in Anne Arundel County play.

The Bruins are one of the perennial powers in the county and showed why, scoring five goals in each half.

Senior Paige Duncan scored three goals, Kacy Koolage and Aislinn Probst each had two more for Broadneck (4-0 overall, 1-0 County). Kate Stengel, Sara Ruzzi and Natalee Easthom all scored a goal.

Broadneck had an 18-0 advantage in shots on goal and won the penalty corner battle, 10-0, but Torrillo knows that her young team will have it’s ups and downs this season.

“I know that we lost and just from the score it looks like we got trampled but my girls played til the end of the game,” said Torrillo.

She saw improvement in freshman Megan Diggs and senior captain Jordyn Childress.  The two worked well together and flew around the field, covering their positions.

“Childress was a big support for her team tonight,” said Torillo.  “We may not have had any shots on the goal but Childress got the ball into the circle on our offense end. “Tara Sinchak, our senior goalie had one of the best games of her career. I believe she had a lot more saves then what was recorded. She was on fire especially in the first half. She was on the ground on the post and just was amazing.”

Taylor Marcus and Alyssa Neal had strong games on defense for the Gophers (0-2, 0-2).

“We still have a lot to work on but I think for going up against a power house like Broadeneck we are showing signs of improvement.”

Broadneck 10, Glen Burnie 0

GB 0 0 — 0

B 5 5 — 10

Goals: B-Duncan 3, Koolage 2, Probst 2, Ruzzi, Stengel, Easthom.
Assists: B-Koolage 3, Duncan, Trounter, Haley, Klobucar.
Saves: B-Tribull, Miller; GB-Sinchak 21.