St. Timothy's tops Park, 1-0, for AIS B title

November 15, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

St. Timothy's Gillian Schreiber is a true finisher.

In the past two games, the junior forward has deflected passes into the cage to give her squad 1-0 victories.

Yesterday, her double-overtime goal finished off two-time defending Field hockey

champ Park and gave St. Timothy's (7-4-3) its first Association of Independent Schools B Division championship at St. Paul's.

Just 25 seconds into the second five-minute overtime period, Schreiber scored on Katharine Rasin's scorching pass from just inside the 25-yard line. Park keeper Meredith Rogers (six saves) never had a chance.

"It was such a close game. I guess it was just lucky Gillian was there to get the ball," said Carrie Silliman, St. Timothy's outstanding midfielder.

Park coach Barbara Purkey said she was most worried about the exact kind of play that won the game, but she expected Silliman to provide the assist.

"I thought it was going to be won on a break," said Purkey. "To me, their strategy was for Carrie to take the free hit and a cherry picker would be there to get it. When a ball's deflected off a hit like that, it happens very fast. You just can't react to the change of direction."

Since the AIS does not play sudden-death overtime, St. Timothy's had to hold off top-seeded Park for 4 1/2 minutes to preserve its lead.

In the final two minutes, Purkey moved most of her 11 field players up on attack. With 13 seconds left, Jayme Gilden tried to carry the ball through the circle, but she was tripped. Time ran out as the Bruins (6-4-3) set up the resulting corner play.

The St. Timothy's defense, led by sweeper Cozy Joseph, played well the entire game. Keeper Michelle Garcia finished with eight saves.

In regulation, St. Timothy's outshot the Bruins 9-7, but never held the upper hand for long.

3l Park took two of its 10 penalty corners in the final two minutes of regulation.

Both times Stacey Pusin passed the ball out to Gilden at the top of the circle, but Gilden couldn't stop either pass for a quick shot.

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