No. 14 Park edges No. 13 Friends, 1-0

October 05, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Park coach Barb Purkey likes her team to play aggressive field hockey. Purkey wants the Bruins to take chances and keep the pressure on -- she calls it "no-fear hockey."

And it seemed to put a scare into Friends.

Kara Keith took a perfect lead pass from Kris Heard to score early in the second half, and the defense of No. 14 Park made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over host and No. 13 Friends in an Association of Independent Schools A Division matchup yesterday.

Although much of the game was played in the middle of the field -- only five shots were taken overall -- Park (2-0) made Purkey happy by often pressuring Friends (1-4).

Park repeatedly pushed the ball into the circle early in the first half but faded for a while after that. The Bruins offense opened up in the final minutes of the half but didn't manage a good scoring chance.

"I think the first half was pretty even," said Purkey. "In the second half, they just came out and dominated."

Park finished with two shots in the first half, but the Bruins came out fast in the second half.

The goal came just over two minutes into the half. Heard, who roamed the field throughout the game, sent a perfect lead pass into the circle from the right. Keith caught up to it, broke in alone and beat goalie Lauren Ellis on a low shot with 22:57 remaining.

"I just saw her there," said Heard. "She's always there. I told her yesterday I'd get it to her and she'd score."

Said Keith: "I saw the defender, I needed to get around her and go to the goal."

That represented the lone real scoring chance for either team. Park, although it spent much of the game in the Friends end, finished with four shots.

Still, the Bruins controlled play much of the time. Keith and Heard helped Park keep the ball in the Friends end and keep the pressure on.

Friends, however, came up with one first-half shot and nothing more. The Quakers got three consecutive corner hits in the game's final minutes but made nothing of them.

The Park defense used its part of "no-fear hockey" to stifle the Friends offense. Irit Altman, Hannah Fruchtman, Anya Salkowski-Bartlett and Alexa Wilder anchored the Park defense, which often came far out of its circle to meet, greet and stop the Quakers.

And offense has caused problems for Friends most of the season. The Quakers have four 1-0 losses, and this performance left coach Carol Samuels frustrated.

"They just didn't execute," said Samuels. "They know they're capable of playing better than that. Park outplayed us."

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