New start brings rough ride for Glenelg Field hockey

October 01, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Having lost all of her starters from last year's Class 2A state semifinalist field hockey team, Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid knew the Gladiators' 1993 season would include its share of setbacks.

"Basically, everyone out there has never started before, so they have to feel their way through and get welcomed to the big leagues all at one time," Kincaid said yesterday after watching her team lose, 2-0, to visiting and 13th-ranked Bel Air.

"We graduated the starting lineup last year and the year before that, and it's just catching up with them a little bit.

"A lot of them are seniors who sat on the bench last year, but it's their turn to play, and we'll ride it out and see what happens with it."

The Bobcats (3-0-1) had beaten Dulaney, 1-0, tied Centennial, 1-1, and defeated Mount Hebron, 3-1, and wasted no time in taking the lead.

Senior Amy Rafalski put Bel Air ahead 1-0 just 3:20 into the game when she fielded a ball in traffic and shuffled it past Glenelg senior goalkeeper Jessica Horowith (22 saves).

With Barbara Ingrao controlling the midfield, Bel Air continued to apply pressure on Horowith, who had 10 saves in the first half.

Glenelg had six shots on goal in the first half, but none got past Bel Air goalie Jessica McGreen (five saves), and the Bobcats had a one-goal lead at the break.

"Right now, we're not trailing in the midfield and we're playing in a defensive posture," Kincaid said. "We have some things to work out, but that's why I wanted to play Bel Air, because I know they are good, and I knew they would show me our weaknesses."

"We haven't been able to score in the last couple of games, and that's because we don't have enough offensive punch. We're relying on the four forwards to carry the ball on the fast break and not to trail and feed and go with it. I think that will come."

Bel Air applied relentless pressure on Glenelg's goal in the second half, and senior forward Jen Conway scored with 12:13 left on a feed from junior Joie Acosta.

The defending Howard County and region champion Gladiators were unable to get a shot in the second half.

"This is not a typical Glenelg team, but we always have a good game with them, and the competition is always good," said Bel Air coach Phyllis Hemmes, whose team will open its Harford County league schedule today against unranked Edgewood.

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