Perry Hall scores win on shootout

November 10, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

It came down to the last round of a shootout, and Susan Fortkiewicz and Stefanie Koman stepped up for Perry Hall.

Fortkiewicz's goal and a deflection of a C. Milton Wright shot by goalkeeper Koman enabled the Gators to get a 5-4 shootout victory at Fallston High School last night and advance to the Class 3A-4A North state semifinals Saturday at Catonsville Community College.

To get that far, Perry Hall (12-4) and Wright (12-4) had struggled through 100 scoreless minutes.

"I've never known pressure like that," Koman, a junior, said of her first shootout. "They got the early shots, and I knew I had to be quicker."

Wright scored on three of its first four chances, then missed five in a row.

Koman had a diving stop on one shot, but the others weren't that close.

Meanwhile, Erin Updegrove, Wright's junior keeper, had sandwiched her shot for a goal around two good stops.

Perry Hall moved ahead 4-3 after six players, and it was still that way in the 10th round. Then, after Koman missed her shot, Nancy Tevault put the ball in the lower left corner for 4-4.

Fortkiewicz and Koman, who deflected Jamie Gerhart's final Wright shot, did the rest.

"On the last shot, I realized which side she was going to go to; it wasn't a guess," Koman said.

And Jackie Loehr, who played a strong game in the middle for Perry Hall, yelled, "She's the best," and the senior added, "We didn't play as well as in our win over Dulaney, but we had it at the end. And in my years, we hadn't beaten them. This breaks the jinx."

First-year Perry Hall coach Frank Insinga was quick to credit Wright.

"That's the best defensive team we've played. There's not anybody as strong as they are," he said.

Of Fortkiewicz's going last, he said, "She's the coolest of all."

Though Updegrove went first -- "We wanted to get it out of the way for her, regardless of what happened. And she did a good job," said Wright coach Ken Dawson -- Koman went next-to-last. "I didn't want her thinking about what had happened."

As it developed, all the pressure came down on Koman in goal after Updegrove made a save on her shot, but she was equal to the job.

In the regulation game, the emphasis definitely was on defense -- Jess McCarty and Fortkiewicz for Perry Hall and Miranda James, Jenny Kuehn and Tevault for Wright -- led the way.

"We did a lot of good things. We just couldn't put it in the goal," Insinga said.

"They put a lot of pressure on us in the first 25 minutes, and we hung in there," Dawson said. "I thought we'd do it in the overtime because we had the advantage the last 10 minutes of regulation, but it didn't happen."

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