Towson falls to Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 2-0

November 07, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

No. 14 Towson's starters tried not to believe what they had heard about their state-semifinal opponent Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

Once they got on the field though, the Generals knew all of it was true.

The Barons (12-2-1) needed less than three minutes to score a goal and held Towson without a shot for more than 28 minutes en route to a 2-0 victory in a state Class 2A semifinal yesterday at Goucher College.

The Baltimore County champions (12-4) were no match for the speed and stick skills of the Barons, who allowed only four goals all season and have been one of the state's most dominant programs in recent years. State Class 3A champs last year, the Barons have been to the state tournament nine straight times. They have won four titles.

None of that was lost on the Generals.

"We were intimidated," said Towson forward Amy Stambaugh. "I was a little nervous coming in and they were a very good team. They just overpowered us."

The Barons' first goal came on a broken corner play after Towson goalie Erin Przylepa saved three of

five quick BCC shots, but Kristen Clement finally punched the ball in on the sixth attempt. Maureen Denney scored on a similar play with four minutes to go in the half.

Przylepa, who faced 18 shots, finished with 10 saves including three fine ones in the second half. Towson's defense, sweeper Beth Bender and backs Shannon Randolph and Katie O'Conor, faced almost constant pressure in the first half as the Barons outshot Towson 12-1.

Stambaugh took the Generals' only shot of the half with about a minute left and she narrowly missed connecting on a long pass from midfielder Megan Kanski.

Even though the Generals made the second half much more even, they still had trouble setting up any offense. "They were just stopping everything," said Stambaugh. "They stopped us from getting the ball in to our inners to go in to goal."

For Towson, which had not sent a team to the state tournament since 1991, just reaching the semifinals was an accomplishment, said rookie coach Courtney Lampton. "I never thought when I started coaching this team that we'd make it this far. Winning the county and regions was a great experience and this gives us something to work for next year."

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