No. 3 Garrison Forest holds off Severn, 10-8

April 13, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

With a three-goal lead and her players dragging in yesterday's suddenly-summertime heat, Garrison Forest coach Micul Ann Morse called a late second-half timeout for a little rest.

Severn used the time to set up a new strategy.

Once back on the field, No. 7 Severn's Kate Graw and Julie Tice scored goals within a minute of each other, but No. 3 Garrison held off the Admirals for the final minute to take a 10-8 victory in an AIS A Division Leers league game.

"They took the timeout, but it worked in our favor," said Tice. "We were able to set up a few plays that we hadn't used earlier. We ran some things that beat their defense, but we couldn't beat the clock."

Tice and Graw worked the crease well, combining for five goals and five assists, but the Admirals weren't able to get the ball down to them enough.

"The difference was certainly their midfield," said Severn coach Renie Sotiropoulos. "I thought down low our offense was better than their D. It was just a matter of getting the ball there. Garrison is a great field team. They play very well all 100 yards of the field."

Host Severn (5-3, 2-1 league) had its only lead at 4-3 after Tice fed Carol Prickett and Jessica Burke for back-to-back goals, but that lead lasted only five minutes.

The Grizzlies' midfield, led by Jacque Weitzel, Lauren Klein, Tricia Ward and Karie Reed, dominated the loose balls and forced a lot of turnovers to spark a five-goal run. Seven minutes into the second half, Garrison (4-1, 2-0) led 8-4.

After Maggie Shoemaker's goal tied it at 4, the midfielders went to work. Klein hit Cantey Boyd twice for a 6-4 halftime lead. Reed's midfield interception and a quick passing series set up the first goal, while Klein's draw control led to the second.

Grizzlies keeper Chrissy Cooper stopped Graw's free-position shot to open the second half. Off the clear, Reed hit Ward for a transition goal. Klein's free-position goal gave the Grizzlies their 8-4 lead.

Then Tice rallied Severn with a smart play on a Garrison defensive error. An attempt to settle the ball in the back of the net for Cooper rolled through the crease and out the other side. Tice scooped it up and scored.

Tice and Graw combined for three more goals in a 4-1 Severn run. Graw's roll pulled the Admirals within 9-8 with 1: 16 left.

After Reed snatched the next draw, the Grizzlies set up behind Severn's goal.

"We don't stall, but we take good care of the ball," said Morse. "They put a lot of pressure on the ball. We knew that they would bring someone down to do that, but we did a pretty good job of moving the ball around and not getting caught in that double team."

The Grizzlies missed a couple of shots and turned the ball over twice, but the Admirals never got past midfield.

With 17 seconds to go, the Grizzlies took possession and held it until the final five seconds. Shoemaker, fouled going to goal, converted a free position with three seconds to go.

Pub Date: 4/13/96

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