N. Carroll revives its offense, 3-0 Field hockey

September 22, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Last night, the North Carroll field hockey team lived up to all its preseason expectations.

The eighth-ranked and host Panthers ran all over 11th-ranked South Carroll, 3-0.

It was the first loss of the season for South Carroll, after victories over Thomas Johnson and Frederick.

North Carroll (2-0-1) outshot the Cavaliers 14-3 and controlled the ball most of the evening. Even though the Panthers had to settle for a 1-0 halftime lead, it appeared to be just a matter of time before the home team broke loose.

The inevitable occurred in the second half when Amber Bosley and Laura Burkhouse scored to shove the Panthers ahead 3-0 with 13 minutes left in the game.

Beth Moore scored on an assist from Jill Ballard in the first half.

The three-goal effort was a welcome relief for North Carroll coach Denean Powelson, who had watched her team score only one goal in its first two games (1-0 win over Liberty and scoreless tie with Francis Scott Key).

The tie with the Eagles dropped the Panthers three positions from their preseason No. 5 ranking in the Baltimore metro area.

North Carroll dominated play in its first two games but was unable to score.

"The big difference tonight was we put away our chances," said Powelson. "All 15 of our players played very well. We were aggressive and Jill Ballard did a good job on Tracie DiDio."

South Carroll's DiDio entered the season as the only player back from last season's All-Carroll County field hockey team and was expected to be virtually unstoppable.

But last night, DiDio never got into the flow of the game and rarely had the ball. There were no length-of-the-field --es for goals, as she became known for last season.

"Tracie really hasn't played well this season," said South Carroll coach Stacy Stem. "Give Ballard some credit for marking her but Tracie has to do more for us."

Stem was disturbed by her team's lack of intensity for North Carroll, which always has been a big game for the Cavaliers.

"You would think we would have some fire for this game," she said. "But there is no fighting instinct in these kids. They all have a lot to learn. They all played poorly in this game."

The Cavaliers played without starting sweeper Kristen Shaw, who was ill, which didn't make things any easier for first-year goalkeeper Miranda Justice.

* Chesapeake-AA 1, Archbishop Spalding 0: Senior forward Tonya Buckmaster scored the game-winner with 9:15 left in the first half for Chesapeake-AA (2-0).

* Kenwood 4, Lansdowne 0: Danielle Baker scored all four goals to lead the Bluebirds (1-0) past the host Vikings (0-1).

* St. Mary's 0, Annapolis 0, OT: St. Mary's (1-0-2) and Annapolis (0-1-1) played to a scoreless tie in a non-league game, which was called four minutes into overtime because of darkness.

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