Cougars romp to final, 12-0

November 03, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Rarely has a No. 4-seeded team looked so good in the playoffs.

Then again, it's not often that a top-seeded team is such a pushover.

The Western Doves accumulated the highest point average in the 3A-4A East Region, but that didn't matter to Chesapeake, which used its superior speed, strength and skill to take a 12-0 semifinal victory last night in Pasadena.

The Cougars, ranked ninth in the metro area, will play third-seeded Old Mill in Saturday's championship game at Chesapeake. The winner advances to next week's state tournament.

Ten players scored for Chesapeake (10-2-1), which defeated Old Mill, 3-0, during the regular season.

Melissa Wagner had three goals, and Amber Campbell, Michelle DTC Manner, Lori Wlodarczyk, Tami Barrington, Erin Thomas, Chrissy Kohlhepp, Kim Watson, Barbara Popp and Lauren Watson each scored once.

Western's program is in its second year, and Chesapeake coach Lin Sullivan said: "They don't have the playoff experience. We're kind of used to this. It is a rather intimidating situation, and I'm sure they were very nervous."

If Sullivan had any fears that his squad would take Western (10-2) lightly, they were erased within the first 26 seconds of the game, when junior Wagner put a shot past Doves goalkeeper Adella Bell.

It didn't get any easier for Bell, who surrendered goals to Campbell, Kohlhepp and Wagner in quick succession.

She made a couple of saves after that barrage, but Manner broke through later in the half for a 5-0 lead. Then Barrington lined a shot off Bell's hands and into the net, and Wagner followed with her third goal.

By halftime, it was 9-0. By late in the game, Sullivan had instructed his players not to cross midfield. And in the end, Chesapeake had a 28-1 advantage in shots and an easy victory.

"Last year, we were the first seed and Broadneck beat us. Most of the girls on this team remember that," Sullivan said.

"I was very confident and they were very confident that that wasn't going to happen again," Sullivan said. "They weren't going to go into a game that they were kind of expected to win, and go in flat."

Western's only previous loss had come to Washington Township (N. J.), 5-0, on Saturday.

Before that game, the Doves had outscored their opponents, 49-5.

"Just getting here was a success for us," said assistant coach Paul Plott. "We came in here knowing what to expect, knowing we were playing a higher-caliber team. We let them know during the week that, yes, it's going to happen. If we're going to lose, let's lose because they're better."

Mission accomplished.

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