North Carroll, Key draw, 0-0 Goalkeeper Muller frustrates Panthers Field hockey

September 17, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

It's getting to be a habit. When North Carroll and Francis Scott Key get together for a field hockey game, scoring goals just doesn't happen.

For a second straight year, the Panthers and Eagles battled for 60 minutes of regulation time and two 10-minute overtime periods in steady drizzle only to come away dry in the scoring department and settling for a 0-0 tie in Hampstead.

It was a game of missed opportunities, particularly for the Panthers, who outshot the visiting Eagles, 22-6, but couldn't get anything past keeper Missy Muller.

Muller repeatedly turned back North Carroll chances, finishing with 18 saves.

"We had the opportunities and the shots, but their keeper made some nice saves," said North Carroll coach Denean Koontz.

"Then we had other opportunities where we missed the cage. We did everything right but score. You have to give both teams a lot of credit playing 60 minutes and then coming back with six players and playing 10 more."

North Carroll came out pressing in the first half and had a decisive 8-0 advantage in shots. Amber Bosley created most of the problems for the Eagles' defense. The junior forward continually broke free along the right side and either shot it herself or sent balls through the crease -- only to come up empty.

"She's very quick and always hustling whether it be in a game or at practice," Koontz said. "She goes to the ball very well and works hard to make things happen."

For every Panther opportunity, Muller and an Eagle defense led by Becky Tregoning and Laurie Ryer had an answer.

The Panthers' best chance in the first half came with 3:45 remaining. Bosley worked the ball down the right side and fired a shot that Muller turned back. The rebound came to a waiting Valerie Aberts in front, but Muller came up with the save.

"She played a very gutsy game with a capital 'G'," said Francis Scott Key coach Mindi Wagner. "It took us awhile to get used to the high grass here. It's a very slow field and it took us out of our game. Our forte is good stick work and passing, and we just couldn't use it today."

The Key offense did come to life in the second half. Stacey Greene got free and sent a ball to Holly Talbert midway through the half, but she couldn't get it by Panthers goalie Holly Serravalle.

Bosley had another chance in the final minute of regulation when she made a strong run from midfield, beating two defenders before getting off a shot that Muller saved.

The best North Carroll chance came in the opening moments of the first overtime. On the first of three consecutive penalty corners, Jill Ballard fired a low shot from the left side. Muller made the save, but the rebound came out in front where two Panthers took cracks at it.

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