F.S. Key eliminates Wilde Lake, 3-0 Field hockey

November 04, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Francis Scott Key coach Mindi Wagner said her team is peaking now. If so, its timing is perfect.

Stacey Greene scored two goals and Becky Tregoning added a goal and an assist as co-No. 9 and top-seeded Francis Scott Key won its ninth consecutive region title with a 3-0 victory over visiting Wilde Lake in the Class 1A, West Region final yesterday.

Francis Scott Key (11-1-2) will try to extend its 12-game unbeaten streak in the state semifinal Monday at Goucher College at 3 p.m. Third-seeded Wilde Lake, knocked out of the playoffs by Key for the second straight year, finished 8-5-1.

Francis Scott Key did not dominate play but often stayed in control. The Eagles, who unloaded 40 shots in their semifinal victory over Sparrows Point on Monday, managed only five in the first half yesterday. They finished with 15 and often kept the ball in Wilde Lake's end.

Key's defense continued its strong play. The Eagles allowed only seven shots and have not surrendered a goal since Fallston scored seven games ago.

"A lot of times people get flat in the playoffs," said Wagner, whose team lost to Pocomoke in last year's state semifinal. "I think our team's peaking."

Wagner said Greene certainly appears to be peaking. The sophomore forward came up with Key's first three shots. Wilde Lake goalie Jayme Kantor stopped the first one, a bullet from 10 yards. Greene sent the second one wide right, but blasted the third one past Kantor from in front after Tregoning's pass 11:35 into the game.

"She just pushed it to me," said Greene (12 goals). "I just drove it. Ididn't care where it went."

The second goal came with just 1:20 left in the half. Holly Talbert pushed the ball to Greene, who put it in again from the doorstep for a 2-0 halftime lead.

Tregoning sealed the victory on an unusual shot with 24:05 left in the game. On a penalty corner, Jen Moorman pushed the ball to Tregoning, about 15 yards to Kantor's right and nearly parallel to the keeper. Tregoning scooped the ball high in the air, over Kantor's head and into the cage.

Wilde Lake played tough defense throughout the game. The Wildecats often stiffened inside the circle, rarely allowing Key good shots.

Wilde Lake coach Karen Doerrler said Kantor, Melissa Anderson and Toby Treem all helped keep Francis Scott Key's offense fairly quiet.

"We [wanted to] shut them down," said Doerrler. "I think we played a very good game. I'm very proud of our girls."

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