Misty Doonis of Loch Raven dislikes overtime. She calls it "nerve-wracking" and said she would rather win games in regulation.
But when it comes to overtime, Loch Raven turns to Doonis. For the second time this season, Doonis scored the game-winner in overtime, as her goal gave Loch Raven a 1-0 victory over visiting Towson in a Baltimore County 1A-2A League game yesterday.
Loch Raven (5-0, 4-0) dominated play for much of the game, using its speed and stickwork to keep the ball in the Towson circle.
That helped the Raiders outshoot Towson, 20-2. Loch Raven came up with 12 corner hits to only three for Towson (4-2, 3-2), but the Raiders simply could not finish.
"They played well, but they couldn't get the ball in the cage," said Loch Raven coach Wendy Galinn. "I thought we were moving the ball well. I was just frustrated with the fact that the ball wasn't going in."
Over and over again, the Raiders found scoring opportunities, but could not take advantage of them.
After managing three first-half shots, Loch Raven turned it up a notch in the second half. It bombard
ed Towson goalie Holly Tupper with 14 shots plus three more in the seven-on-seven overtime.
Tupper, with some help from Katie Walker and Kerry Koch, kept the Generals in the game. She made 14 of her 16 saves in the second half and overtime.
"She was excellent," said Towson coach Pat Troyer. "She was on her game."
But Loch Raven and Doonis finally broke through in overtime. With the seven-on-seven format making things more wide open, Kim Roil sent a ball toward the far post from the right side. Doonis lunged and knocked it past Tupper.
"I was just waiting for the ball to cross the goal," said Doonis, a senior left wing. "I just pushed it in."
Towson rarely found scoring chances, but the Generals did come up with a few good ones. About two minutes into the second half, a loose ball rolled near the Loch Raven cage and Leslie Finn just missed getting it for a good shot.
Just before Doonis scored, Finn got the ball near the circle and fired a good shot from a tough angle that Loch Raven goalie Erin Fellin stopped.