Perry Hall loses 4A North final to Westminster on overtime goal Field hockey

November 05, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Westminster co-coach Sue Hooper said what everybody else seemed to be thinking moments after Jen Markowitz scored in sudden-death overtime yesterday to give the Owls a 2-1 victory over Perry Hall in the state Class 4A North regional field hockey final at Perry Hall.

"I don't know if we could repeat that [win] again," Hooper said. "They dominated us in overtime and at the end of regulation play. They were a tough team."

Markowitz and Kristen Lewis, two seniors, worked a perfectly timed play to end the game 8:50 into the overtime.

Markowitz got the ball to Lewis 15 yards from the cage with a pass that bounced past two Perry Hall defenders, and then Markowitz went straight for the goal and was right where she needed to be to put the ball in when Lewis' shot rebounded off goalie Stacey Davis' pads.

"I knew we had to end it with a goal or not play another game this year," Markowitz said. "Kristen and I work well together. We work on that play a lot in practice. It's hard to remember what exactly was going through my mind when I put the ball in, but I know this feeling now is unbelievable."

All game long it was the savvy, determination and tradition of seventh-ranked Westminster against the speed, talent and

long-hitting of ninth-ranked and previously un

beaten Perry Hall.

And several times down the stretch in regulation play and in overtime, it looked as if the top-seeded Gators (11-1) would take advantage of their talent and slide past the second-seeded Owls (12-2) into the state 4A tournament semifinals Monday at Goucher College.

But Westminster goalie Andrea Kirby turned back each swift attack by the Gators.

Kirby, who had nine saves, made a big-time kick save against Kristen Sowis with 1:50 left in regulation on a near-certain Perry Hall goal for a 2-1 lead.

Perry Hall continued to pepper the Westminster cage in the opening minutes of overtime, with Sowis, Karen Bradley and hard-hitting Tennille Foster sending hards shots toward the goal in an attempt to end the game.

Perry Hall coach Linda Fisher said her team did "everything but win."

"It seems like we're always losing to Westminster in the regionals," said Fisher, whose team was beaten, 2-1, by the Owls last year in the regional finals.

"The ball [to set up the winning goal] hopped over two sticks. That's the way field hockey is. You can do almost everything right and still lose."

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