Falcons win, 1-0, take title

November 15, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

This was a classic Class 4A championship field hockey game, and when all the action was over, Severna Park reigned as the new state champion.

The top-seeded Falcons were outplayed often in the game but they came out on top, 1-0, on the scoreboard against the defending 4A champion Westminster Owls.

It was a rematch of last year's title game, which Westminster won, 1-0, and more than lived up to all expectations.

Both teams -- No. 1 ranked Severna Park and No. 3 Westminster -- showed all their best weapons and dueled each other for 60 minutes.

It was Westminster's explosive offense led by Tinah Houck (18 goals this season) against Severna Park's incredible defense (allowed only three goals all season and none in the playoffs), led by almost everybody.

And in the end, the difference was a rather weird goal by junior forward Colleen Gately with 19:42 left in the game.

Gately scored on the fifth straight shot by the Falcons (15-1) in a frantic attack on Westminster (13-3) goalie Sarah Martin.

Martin turned back the first four but the fourth rejection somehow got wedged between the feet of Owls' defender Laurie Moody.

That's when Gately came in and somehow pounded the ball out from between Moody's feet and into the goal.

Martin, who had 11 saves, said: "I couldn't get to the ball because it was between Laurie's feet and all of a sudden somebody [Gately] started pushing on Laurie and got the ball past me."

The Owls blistered Falcons goalie Rachel Kidwell with 24 shots, including four relentless charges on the Severna Park goal in the final eight minutes.

But each time Kidwell and her sidekicks (Tracy McGarry, Jenny Collins, Christina Ferris and Mary Jo Mahoney) somehow managed to dodge the bullet.

Kidwell came away with 18 saves, including 10 in the final eight minutes.

Kidwell said: "I was just holding my breath and hoping that we could get the ball out of there each time they came at us. Every time we go out for a game, we say 'No goals' and it works almost every time [13 shutouts in 16 games]."

A frustrated Houck said: "I think they just lucked out and got a goal. We dominated but couldn't put the ball in."

Houck, who seemed to take a physical beating along with teammate Nicole Batten, said: "They were hitting pretty hard and running around a lot."

However, Westminster co-coach Sue Hooper didn't believe that Houckbacked her off game.

"It [physical play] didn't keep Tinah from coming back for more," said Hooper.

It appeared that Severna Park was a little faster than Westminster's speediest players, Aurora Brown and Anitha Naganna, and that prevented Brown and Naganna from continuing their playoff heroics.

However, Owls co-coach Brenda Baker didn't see it that way.

She said: "There was no difference in this game. They put it [one goal] in and we didn't."

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