North Carroll edges Key in OT

September 16, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Jill Ballard vs. Stacey Greene.

North Carroll vs. Francis Scott Key.

It was a classic matchup between the top two field hockey players in Carroll County and two of the top three teams.

And when it was over, a happy Ballard and a disconsolate Greene hugged each other in front of the scoring table. It was the third and final meeting between these two players in their celebrated high school careers.

Ballard is a senior and the 1993 Player of the Year in Carroll County, and Greene is a junior, who was runner-up to Ballard for the top honor last season.

Ballard and North Carroll emerged with a 2-1 victory in overtime at Key when Amber Bosley sent a hard shot into the right corner of the cage from 12 yards out off a pass from Laura Kenney with six minutes gone in overtime.

The winning goal came just 1:30 after a goal by North Carroll's Beth Moore was disallowed by an illegal slam.

The victory raised fourth-ranked North Carroll's record to 2-0, and dropped eighth-ranked Key to a 0-3 start. The talented Eagles lost a 3-2 decision to Fairfield in their opener and were beaten, 2-1, by Westminster Tuesday night.

With only four games on its county schedule, Key (0-2) has virtually been eliminated already from a chance at the Carroll championship.

North Carroll (2-0 in the county) seems to be headed toward the Carroll title because it plays seven county games compared to five for seventh-ranked Westminster.

Key goalkeeper Missy Muller said of the winning goal: "It was a great shot by Amber. She came across the middle and hit a rocket and there wasn't much I could do about it."

Bosley, a senior, said she and the Panthers were driven in last night's game by the fact they had been tied by Key the past two seasons.

"We hadn't beaten them since from freshman year," said Bosley. NTC "We wanted them badly."

Ballard gave North Carroll a 1-0 lead 19 minutes into the first half when she beat Muller one-on-one on a penalty shot after Muller was called for pushing Bosley who had a breakaway scoring opportunity.

Key tied the score at 1 when Greene knocked in a shot from 14 yards off a penalty corner 10 minutes into the second half.

The Greene goal seemed to give the Eagles the momentum, as they streaked down the field for some promising opportunities.

But each time the North Carroll defense, led by Ballard who made some critical steals from Greene, held off the Eagles. Ballard and the Panthers' defense collapsed on Greene every time she got near the ball.

"Jill was all over the field," said Bosley. "She is something else."

North Carroll coach Denean Koontz said: "We did a nice job on defense and what more can you say about Jill? She plays hard for 60 minutes. It isn't always easy to score on a penalty shot but she came through for us."

Key coach Mindi Wagner said all the preseason hype about her team being the best in the county seems to have taken its toll.

"We can't read the papers," she said. "It's affected us. And everybody is coming after us. North Carroll played aggressively all night long.

"I don't want to say what has disappointed me this season because I want to concentrate on the positive."

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