Shuey saves the day, puts Roland Park into final AIS A Division field hockey

November 12, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Meredith Shuey was never so happy to see a game end.

In a shootout, the Roland Park keeper gave up only one goal -- on her own foul -- as the No. 4 Reds defeated No. 2 Bryn Mawr, 2-1, in an otherwise scoreless Association of Independent Schools A Division Tournament semifinal yesterday at Bryn Mawr.

"I am so relieved," Shuey said after her first shootout. "All the pressure in the world is on you in there."

The pressure mounted quickly for Shuey when she gave up a goal to Nancy Kim, the first of five Mawrtian shooters.

Coming out of the cage against Kim, Shuey lost track of the ball and rolled backward over it. That foul gave the Mawrtians (8-3-2) a goal.

"Normally, I come out against them," Shuey said of the opposing players, who start their moves 25 yards out. "But since the first time I fouled, [Roland Park coach Debbie Bloodsworth] said, 'Stay back because it's better to be safe,' and it worked."

While Shuey thwarted attempts by Maggie Buck, Dabney Varner and Emily Hickman, her teammates Brent McCallister and Catherine Passano brought the Reds back. Passano scored the game-winner on a reverse-stick goal that barely tucked into the near corner.

After Passano scored, Shuey stepped out a bit farther against the last Mawrtian, Sara Jordan. Shuey's move cut off Jordan's angle and forced her to shoot wide of the cage.

The victory sends the four-time defending champion Reds (10-3) into tomorrow's final against Severn, a shootout winner over Garrison Forest in yesterday's other semifinal. The 2 p.m. game at St. Paul's will mark the Reds' seventh straight appearance in the title game.

"This is so good, because no one thought we'd get here this year," said Reds link Peggy Boutilier, whose team was seeded third in the tournament behind Notre Dame Prep and Bryn Mawr. Severn was fourth.

However, the Reds had some extra incentive after losing to the Mawrtians, 1-0, in the regular season. Yesterday, they pounded Bryn Mawr with 26 shots during regulation and two overtime periods, but the Mawrtians' defense held.

Buck, Kate Spies and Gailor Large anchored a defense that withstood 14 penalty corners and 13 shots in the second half alone. Keeper Kristin Garro also played an outstanding game with seven saves in the half and two in overtime.

"We should have won it during regulation," Bloodsworth said. "Every time we had the ball, there were eight people around the ball. They really did pack it in."

Roland Park dominated the first overtime period with two penalty corners and three shots. In the second overtime, the Mawrtians had the edge but couldn't manage a shot.

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