Glenelg slips by N. Carroll, 2-1

November 07, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Amy Dutra scored with 36 seconds left to give the Glenelg field hockey team a 2-1 victory over visiting North Carroll in yesterday's Class 2A, Region I championship game.

Dutra's goal, which came on a penalty corner and after a pass by Melanie Richardson, put the Gladiators (13-1) in the state playoffs for the second time in three years.

Glenelg, which has won five regional titles, will pursue its first state championship Monday (1 p.m.) at Goucher College in a 2A semifinal against an opponent to be determined.

Dutra had a critical hand in both Glenelg goals. Her pass to Heather Inkman on the Gladiators' first penalty corner of the second half helped break a scoreless tie. With 24:45 left, Inkman settled Dutra's pass at the top of the circle, then rattled the left corner of the cage with a hard shot.

North Carroll (8-4-2), which lost to Glenelg during the regular season, 2-0, immediately turned up the pressure with its physical style of play and its speed advantage.

The Panthers earned a penalty corner with 21 minutes left, and Jill Ballard took a shot from 5 yards out that hit Glenelg goalie Kirsten Turner (three saves) squarely in the midsection. Sweeper fTC Trish Slater then knocked away a follow-up attempt by the Panthers.

The Panthers finally got even at the 15:19 mark. Amber Bosley, who troubled Glenelg all day with her quickness and stickwork, fired in the game-tying score.

"They [the Panthers] hustled really well, but I think we did our part in hustling with them," Dutra said. "When they scored on us, that fired us up. We're real confident on our corners. Both of the goals we scored on them the last time were on corners."

Glenelg made a determined run in the final minutes. Its first penalty corner shot with 5:00 left was turned away easily by the Panthers. North Carroll stuffed the Gladiators again at the 1:15 mark. But with time running out, Dutra gave Glenelg its most dramatic victory of the season.

"They [the Gladiators] really made me work for this one," said Ginger Kincaid, Glenelg's relieved coach. "They [the Panthers] are very physical, and our goal was not to back down."

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