Chopticon eliminates Glenelg in stroke-off in 2A semifinal Fields hockey

November 10, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Ginger Kincaid shook her head and searched for the right words. Her players cried.

For 60 minutes of regulation play and 20 minutes of overtime in yesterday's 2A field hockey semifinal at Goucher, Glenelg outplayed Chopticon of St. Mary's County in every phase of the game, except one -- scoring.

Chopticon saved that for the end, in a stroke-off. After each team had failed on its first four one-on-one chances, Chopticon's Sharon Thompson flicked a shot off the Field hockey

glove of Glenelg goalie Kirsten Turner and into the cage. Then, Chopticon goalie Gwen Vestrassi completed the last save of a spectacular afternoon, when she stopped Christina Marchetti to preserve a 1-0 victory.

Chopticon (10-4-1) will defend its 2A title Saturday against Loch Raven. Glenelg (13-2) will look ahead to next year, when the Gladiators will take another shot at winning their first state crown.

The Gladiators won their eighth county championship and fifth regional title this fall and were trying to reach the state finals for the first time since 1979 under Kincaid.

"Since the first time they stepped out on the field last summer, I thought this was the team [that would win a state crown]," said Kincaid. "We just couldn't get one to fall. You've still got to score to win."

The Gladiators defense allowed few serious runs by Chopticon. Their offense controlled the ball for nearly 60 of the 80 minutes. They outshothe Braves, 25-5. They had 14 penalty corners to Chopticon's four.

But, with all their stickwork and hustle and heady play, the Gladiators could not overcome two obstacles.

One was Chopticon back Janeen DiMatteo, who seemed to foievery Glenelg advance. DiMatteo looked like a one-woman defense while swiping many balls from the Gladiators, sending hard drives back at their offense and stopping a handful of shots in front of Vestrassi.

The second was Vestrassi, who rescued the Braves with a 20-save effort. She charged out from the cage to kick shots away, stopped them with her body and dived to the ground to spoil point-blank chances.

"It's a shame it had to end this way," said Glenelg halfback Dana Hoffman. "They [Chopticon] have a good defense, they hit strong drives, they push up on you in the circle and they have a good goalie. We felt like we were playing ourselves."

The tone was set in the first 10 minutes. Glenelg earned four penalty corners, but came up empty on a save by Vestrassi, on a stop by DiMatteo in the middle of the circle on a hard shot by Heather Inkman and when Inkman's shot sailed wide to the left by about a foot.

Vestrassi made four consecutive saves to thwart a Glenelg fastbreak with five minutes left in the half.

The Gladiators dominated the second half, beginning with a five penalty-corner sequence in the opening minutes. With 11:30 left, Charlotte Cockrell's shot rolled just to the right of the cage. Vestrassi made two saves in the final two minutes to send the game into overtime.

Chopticon nearly won it two minutes into overtime, when Theresa Bowles' shot just missed to the left.

In the second overtime, Glenelg's Kristy Conway failed on three open shots. Vestrassi saved the first one, Conway missed wide left on the second and she collided with the goalie as Vestrassi saved the third with 20 seconds left.

Ten minutes later, after Thompson won the game, all Kincaid could do was sigh.

"It gives me something to come back for next year, I guess," she said.

Howard schools in state playoffs

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Boys soccer State semifinals (2) Centennial vs. (3) Dundalk at Liberty, Friday, 5

Glenelg vs. (3) Oakland Mills at Catonsville CC, Saturday, 5

Girls soccer State semifinals (2) Loch Raven vs. (3) Mount Hebron at South Carroll, Friday, (1) Oakland Mills vs. (4) Liberty at South Carroll, Friday, 7:30

(1) Severna Park vs. Centennial (4) at Glen Burnie, Saturday,7:30

Football

State quarterfinals (6) Glenelg (8-2) at (3) Damascus (9-1), Friday, 7:30

Havre de Grace (6-4) at (1) Wilde Lake (9-1), Saturday, 1

Volleyball

State regional quarterfinals (4) Glenelg at (1) Liberty, today, 7

Mount Hebron at (1) Loch Raven, today, 7

(4) Carver at (1) Centennial, today, 5

(3) Hammond at (2) Towson, tomorrow, 7

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