Oldfields completes title run as defense stops Lutheran 1-0 win finishes shutout of 3 tournament foes

November 14, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Talk about a second life in the playoffs.

Oldfields came into the AIS B Division tournament with a 2-10-2 NTC record and left with the championship.

Not only did Oldfields beat Lutheran, 1-0, in yesterday's title game played at Garrison Forest, but the defense shut out all three tournament opponents and allowed only six shots on goal.

Quite a turnaround for a team on the losing side of seven regular-season shutouts, including a 1-0 rain-shortened meeting with Lutheran (9-4-5).

The Saints, who finished with their best-ever record and made their first appearance in the title game, just could not counter Oldfields' short passing game and sticky defense.

"This did not look like the same squad we played before," said Lutheran coach Linda Weinreich.

Oldfields center back Helene Hall said many of those regular-season losses toughened her team for its title drive. "We played a lot of A Division teams and they just kept beating us," she said. "A lot of them were very good, and that helped, because we got a lot stronger mentally and skillwise."

With few starters back, coach Betsy Jennings knew it might take a while for this team to pull itself together.

"Very few of them had played together, so I knew it was a matter of time before they felt comfortable together," said Jennings. "About three weeks ago, things really started to click for us. We started scoring goals and we've just been unbeatable ever since."

In yesterday's second half, Oldfields dominated with eight penalty corners and 10 shots. The goal came on a textbook corner play less than four minutes into the half.

Annie Finney stopped Holly Persynski's corner pass at the top of the circle for Julia Carroll, who nailed it past Saints keeper Heather Grose (seven saves). Not only was it the first time Oldfields had scored off that corner play, but it was Carroll's first goal of the season.

"Julia has just a solid hit, so it's usually a question of whether we can stop it and get it to her," said Finney.

A tremendous effort by Oldfields' defensive unit of Hall, Sarah Campbell, Casey Latrobe, Nena Adams and Kristel Zorn stifled most of the Saints' long-ball offense.

"Lutheran likes to play very aggressive, hard-hitting field hockey," said Jennings, "and we like to play more of a passing game. We knew we were going to have to beat Lutheran to the ball in order to win this game and we were able to do that."

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