Perry Hall uses OT to defeat Dulaney, 2-1

November 04, 1992|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

Perry Hall field hockey coach Linda Fisher has told her team all year that "as long as it's a blue shirt, it doesn't matter who scores."

But scoring mattered to senior wing Amy Baker, whose game-winning goal 8 minutes, 30 seconds into the first overtime off a pass from wing Jennifer Godwin led the No. 3 seed Gators past the host and No. 2 seed Dulaney Lions, 2-1, yesterday in the Class 4A, Region II semifinals. The victory earned Perry Hall a berth in the region finals.

"The last time we went into overtime against Dulaney, it was rough," said Baker, referring to Perry Hall's 2-1 overtime loss to Dulaney on Oct. 2. "We knew we had to come back today and get them."

Said Fisher, "We're a much different team now than when we first played Dulaney. It's kind of an upset that they were No. 2 and we were No. 3, but I was hoping to beat them in regulation and they surprised me."

Perry Hall will play at Westminster, which is ranked No. 3 in The Baltimore Sun poll, tomorrow in the region finals at 3 p.m. The Owls, who are seeded No. 1 in the region, shut out No. 4 seed Gaithersburg, 3-0, in the other semifinal game.

"I have all my speed on the first seven-on-seven and I put my fastest player, right wing Kerri Johnson, on [Dulaney back Natalie] Thingelstad, because she killed us in the last game," Fisher said.

Perry Hall (8-2) took the lead 23:30 into the first half as junior left inner Kristin Sowis scored off a pass from senior Kerri Johnson, who is a first-year player for the Gators.

The Lions (7-3-3) came out quick in the second half with junior forward Kristin Dyke scoring unassisted 1:30 into the half for her sixth goal of the season.

"I thought they were going to come out and beat us 2- or 3-0," Dulaney coach Melba Williams said. "We knew to watch Godwin and Johnson, they have great speed, and Tennille Foster is a good defensive back."

Williams moved Thingelstad, one of her team's top scorers, to defense for yesterday's game, so the Lions could keep up with Perry Hall.

"The only thing we could do offensively is to push the passes and cut off the defense, and we had trouble with that," Williams said. "But I'm thrilled to death with the way we played."

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