Goalie Coyne steps up, saves Roland Park's win over Severn

March 28, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Roland Park goalie Melissa Coyne spent the first half of yesterday's game against Severn jumping up and down in front of the bench.

She spent the first 15 minutes of the second half shutting down No. 12 Severn.

Playing her first game since having her appendix removed three weeks ago, Coyne made four outstanding saves and a handful of perfect clears to spark the No. 1 Reds to a 10-8 victory in an AIS A Division nonleague game.

Converted field player Emily Lough (two saves) played a solid first half in goal, but the Reds needed Coyne's experience to stay on top in what turned out to be the critical minutes of the game.

The junior All-Metro keeper stopped two point-blank Severn shots as well as a couple of free-position attempts to hold off the Admirals while the Reds (2-0) scored three times. Tammy Passano, Kelly Sloan and Lauren Miller stretched a one-goal halftime lead to 8-4 with 12: 16 to go.

"When she came in, it made a big difference," said Kate Graw, who led Severn with five goals and an assist. "She's definitely a big asset to their team. I think it made the rest of their team play better just knowing she was there."

Still, Severn (1-1), which had jumped out to a 2-0 lead, was not intimidated.

Midway through the half, Severn coach Renie Sotiropoulis made changes, including moving attack-minded Meghan Bauer to defense wing. The Admirals started finding open players and slipping the ball past Coyne. Graw's goal on a Julie Tice assist cut the lead to 8-5 with 7: 55 left.

"We changed the pace of our attack when we made those switches," said Sotiropoulis. "The movement was a lot quicker. In the first half, we tried to run and gun and their defense just collapsed, but we made a lot more quick passes and the decisions were a lot quicker enabling us to get the passes off."

After the Reds' Hedy Born (two goals) dished out the last of her five assists to Erin McInnes, the Admirals took control. Graw found Bauer from behind the goal. Then Tice fed Graw to pull the Admirals within 9-7 with five minutes left.

The Reds regrouped defensively after a timeout and it helped when McInnes won the next draw. She passed to Sloan, who scored to give the Reds a 10-7 lead with 4: 43 left.

Pub Date: 3/28/96

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