It wasn't a planned play, but it helped keep the Severn field hockeyteam undefeated Friday.
Senior halfback Jacqui McDermott sent a pass across the middle to Cristina Brill, and the senior inner tapped the ball past Friends keeper Katrina Abacar to break a scoreless tie with 11 minutes remaining. The goal got the Admirals rolling toward a2-0 victory.
Junior Brenna Ryan added another goal off a pass from junior Kelly Duffy late in the game, as Severn improved to 7-0 overall, 3-0 in the Association of Independent School's A Division. Friends is 1-1 overall, 0-1 in the division.
"The ball just came to the center, and I tapped it in," said Brill, who has six goals this season.
That'ssix more than the Admirals have allowed all year. They've also beaten Archbishop Spalding, 6-0, Seton Keough, 4-0, Sts. Peter and Paul, 2-0, Lutheran, 7-0, Notre Dame Prep, 1-0, and McDonogh, 2-0.
"Our goalie (junior Christy Cole) has been pretty amazing," said senior halfback Katie Burrows, another reason why Severn is unscored-upon. "Andour sweeps have been holding us in.
"Hopefully, this will last the whole season. We're planning on it."
Cole, a converted striker, finished with five saves, including one on a blistering shot with eight minutes left in the first half that appeared headed for the back of the cage. But she pulled both legs together and redirected the ball.
"I'm scared every time I go in there, but I try to rechannel that and make it aggression," she said. "The pressure's intense, but I like it that way."
She must have loved Friday's game. The Quakers controlled play for most of the first half, taking a 6-1 advantage in shots. But Severn regrouped and outshot Friends, 10-3, in the second half.
"We just weren't into it yet," Brill said. "But we got angryand aggressive in the second half."
Severn first-year coach CathySchorreck called her halftime talk "a wake-up call," and it got everyone's attention.
"They know what it takes to reach down deep whenthey need to, and they needed to," she said. "I'm real proud of them."
The Admirals travel to Garrison Forest on Wednesday, the start of three straight away games. Their next home date is Oct. 16 againstRoland Park.