Pikesville perfect after 4-0 win

October 26, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

For Pikesville, it was the perfect ending to the perfect regular season.

Melissa Sugar, Laurie Better, Laurie Weiss and Beth Cohen scored first-half goals for No. 4 Pikesville, and the Panthers held visiting Perry Hall without a shot on the way to a 4-0 victory over the Gators yesterday.

The victory allowed Pikesville (12-0) to wrap up the school's first perfect regular season in field hockey.

The Panthers, defending Class 2A South Region champion, may see the Gators (6-2-2) again this week as the winner of the Perry Hall-Parkville game today will play host to Pikesville on Saturday for the Baltimore County championship.

Pikesville, which clinched its first county 1A-2A League title last week, played an aggressive game from the start. The Panthers often pushed the ball into the Perry Hall end and kept it there for numerous scoring chances.

"I was definitely happy with the aggressiveness," said Pikesville coach Tim Fowler. "We were sharp. We were hitting the ball well."

The Panthers gave the Gators few chances. Pikesville outshot Perry Hall, 25-0, and had 16 corners. The Gators' only offensive statistic came when they got a corner with 15 seconds left in the first half.

Pikesville scored on its first real opportunity. Weiss broke free on the right side and fired the initial shot, one that Perry Hall goalie Kaira Carter kicked away.

Sugar, however, moved in front and put in the rebound at 3:47 for a 1-0 lead.

Pikesville kept the pressure on and a few minutes later the Panthers came up with three consecutive corner hits. Stefany Flax (13 goals, three assists) sent the ball to Better starting the third one, and she rocketed one in from the back of the circle at 6:50.

"We came out strong, and we kept the momentum up," said Flax, who was tied for eighth in the area in scoring before the game. "We didn't slack off."

Two quick goals later in the half sealed the win. Weiss (six goals, 14 assists), tied for fourth in the area in scoring before the game, put one in with 5:40 left in the half after a scramble in front for a 3-0 lead.

Cohen, the area's top scorer with 20 goals and four assists, finished the scoring 87 seconds later with an assist from Sugar (seven goals, seven assists).

"We tried to play as aggressively as we could in the first half," said Cohen. "The [early goals] gave us confidence to keep at it."

Pikesville would have done more if it weren't for the outstanding play of Carter. The Perry Hall goalie finished with 21 saves, time and again coming far out of the cage to break up Pikesville threats.

But the quick start by Pikesville was too much for Perry Hall to overcome.

"Basically we started out really flat," said Perry Hall coach Linda Fisher. "We just didn't play for the first 15 minutes."

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