Key tops Wilde Lake, gains final Field hockey

November 04, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Contributing Writer

Francis Scott Key senior Crissy Naurot's goal with 6 minutes, 30 seconds remaining lifted the top-seeded Eagles past visiting fourth-seeded Wilde Lake, 1-0, in a Class 1A, Region I semifinal field hockey game yesterday.

After Key coach Mindi Wagner called time with just less than seven minutes remaining, the Eagles (5-6-2) converted on their eighth penalty corner of the game when sophomore Laurie Ryer sent a ball in front that Naurot put past Wilde Lake goalie Jayme Kantar.

The Eagles advanced to the region final and will play host to the winner of today's Poolesville-Owings Mills winner at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

"I was a little concerned as the game went on, but we were prepared for overtime having played so many OT games in the regular season. We didn't want it to get to that point, though," Wagner said.

The Eagles dominated most of the second half after a relatively even first half. Naurot had a number of chances in the second half before making good on her final one.

"The shot came off a penalty corner in front," she said. "Laurie Ryer sent it through, and I tried a dodge to put her [Kantar] off to one side and I finally found the hole."

It was a welcome goal for first-year coach Wagner, who won her first playoff victory. "She [Naurot] used her speed and some great stick work," Wagner said. "She played up to her potential all game long, and the rest of the team caught up with her in the second half."

Wilde Lake finished its season 2-11. Coach Karen Doerrler was pleased with her squad's effort.

"We didn't give up all game long, even after they scored late," she said. "I thought we may have gotten a little tired in the second half, but it stayed pretty even most of the way."

Both teams had opportunities in the first half. The Eagles had a 3-2 edge in shots, and Wilde Lake had a 4-2 advantage in corner penalties.

The Eagles put constant pressure on the Wilde Lake defense in the second half, firing seven shots at Kantar -- who finished with nine saves -- and taking six penalty corners.

"I told them they looked like turtles in the first half," Wagner said.

"I tried to electrify them at half, but that really comes within themselves, and they responded well in the second half."

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