Toung, Loch Raven shut out Elkton, 1-0, to advance to final Field hockey

November 10, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Loch Raven goalkeeper Cho Toung saved every shot fired against her to lift the No. 5 Raiders over Elkton, 1-0, in a Class 2A state semifinal field hockey game yesterday at Goucher College.

Toung played a fearless game, stepping up aggressively against the Elks (11-4), who put plenty of pressure on, especially in the second half. She made six saves -- most at point-blank range.

"I think she's just not afraid of anything," said Raiders defender Amber Marcum. "It's scary being back in the goal, but she's incredible. She never gets nervous."

The junior keeper said she never lets the playoff jitters take hold. "My philosophy is I don't think about the game, so I don't get nervous."

Toung could have had plenty to be nervous about yesterday. After Lauren Volk scored the goal midway through the first half, the Raiders (13-0-2) seemed content to sit back and play defense.

"Our offense just couldn't get in the groove," said Loch Raven coach Gina Hormes. "They got back on their heels and the defense had to play the game."

Sweeper Karena McCray and backs Jen Reed and Marcum were outstanding in the circle clearing the ball away on 10 Elkton penalty corners and about a dozen other threats. Link Christine Chon also played superb defense in the midfield.

Only outstanding defense kept the Raiders in the game in the second half. The Elks came out quickly with two shots on their first penalty corner, but Toung saved both.

The Raiders had trouble containing Elks wing Megan Megee, who broke down the right alley the whole game. She set up her teammates with several crossing passes, but the Raiders' defense held.

Offensively, the Raiders looked sluggish -- except for Volk, who has scored five of the Raiders' nine playoff goals.

Yesterday's goal came with 14:30 left in the first half. The junior inner moved the ball 20 yards through traffic, broke between two defenders at the top of the circle and shot into the corner past lunging Elks goalie Tarryn Megee.

"[Volk] has excellent speed and stickwork," said Elkton coach Mary Wilson. "Most really good hockey players are not that tall. She doesn't look that graceful taking the ball down field, but she has fantastic stickwork. She kept her stick on that ball and messed my kids up."

The Raiders, who took only four shots in the whole game, had an excellent chance to pad their lead late in the second half.

On a goal-line rush, an Elkton defender deflected the ball to wing Stacey Caslin all alone at the left post with keeper Megee lunging right.

But a whistle sounded as Caslin tried to punch the ball in. The Raiders were awarded a penalty corner but couldn't convert.

The top-seed Raiders will play co-defending champion Chopticon for the state title Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Goucher College. Third-seeded Chopticon, which tied with Middletown last year, beat second-seed Glenelg, 1-0, yesterday in an overtime stroke-off.

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