No. 10 F. S. Key edges Liberty, 1-0 Field hockey

September 22, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Persistence paid off for Stacey Greene.

After twice just missing goals, Greene scored with 14:21 left to give No. 10 Francis Scott Key a 1-0 victory over host Liberty in a Carroll County field hockey game last night.

Greene scored on the second Francis Scott Key shot of the second half. Holly Talbert fed Greene from about 16 yards, and she beat Liberty goalie Heather Carter from about seven yards out.

Moments before the goal, Greene had almost scored. She broke through the Liberty defense and got off a shot, but Carter stopped it and the two collided.

"I didn't think I was going to get a goal tonight," Greene said.

Greene came up short on the best shot of the first half, as Carter stopped her on a hard shot.

Francis Scott Key (3-1-1, 1-1-1) did well much of the night on offense. The Eagles kept the ball in Liberty's end most of the time. Greene's two shots in the second half were the only ones Key got.

"The offense [played] well," said Francis Scott Key coach Mindi Wagner. "They passed well, and they were working well tonight."

Wagner said her team stayed focused on offense.

"I think they kept their heads together," Wagner said. "They know what to do."

The defense also knew.

Francis Scott Key played well, limiting Liberty (0-2, 0-2) to two shots on goal -- one in each half. After one good opportunity early, Liberty rarely came close again.

The Lions nearly got breakaways a few times in each half, but the Key defense foiled them each time.

Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn said the Lions need to push a little harder on offense.

"We're just not giving that second effort," said Vaughn. "Everywhere we went, they had two."

The coach also said the team needs to get its transition into gear. Still, she said, she's not worried.

"We're young. It'll come along," Vaughn said.

Vaughn said she was impressed with Carter's play. The sophomore made seven saves in her first start and kept Liberty close.

Francis Scott Key pressured Liberty for much of the first half. The Eagles outshot Liberty 6-1 in the first 30 minutes.

Key and Liberty each came up empty on good chances in the first half. Liberty's Janet Hosford got the ball about five yards from the cage, but it rolled away from her stick before she could shoot about four minutes into the game.

The best opportunity of the half for the Eagles came in the final minute when Greene broke in on the goal, but Carter made the save.

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