Pikesville blanks Atholton to take 2A South crown, 2-0

November 05, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

Pikesville's field hockey team showed yesterday that it is more than just four high-powered scorers.

After the Panthers missed several scoring opportunities in the first half, junior Erika Feldman scored the game-winner off a rebound with 3:30 left in the first half to lead No. 4 Pikesville (15-0) over visiting Atholton, 2-0, in the Class 2A South final.

It was Feldman's first goal for the Panthers, who won their second consecutive regional title.

Pikesville, which has four players among the top 13 metro scorers and averages more than four goals a game, failed on its first nine penalty corners.

But on the Panthers' 10th penalty corner of the first half, Beth Cohen's shot was deflected off goalkeeper Sarah Geatz's right leg. Feldman then slapped the rebound into the far right corner of the goal.

"Atholton's defense was very aggressive," Feldman said. "They always had five people right in front of the ball. It was really frustrating."

The Panthers outshot the Raiders 10-1 and had a 17-3 penalty-corner advantage.

"I told the team that Atholton would probably hang with us for a while," Pikesville coach Tim Fowler said. "But I was probably more frustrated than them out there. I was not happy with our inconsistency on passing."

Although it was the most goals allowed by Atholton (8-4-2) all season, the Raiders' defense nearly matched Pikesville's offense. Geatz made 15 saves.

"It's very disappointing because our defense played so well," said coach Carol Stevens, whose Raiders made their first appearance in the regional final since 1980.

Cohen scored on another rebound off Geatz 2:40 into the second half. It was the first time the Raiders were down two goals all season.

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