Key catches Hereford off guard, 2-0 Eagles' surprise play tops Bulls, gains 1A title shot

Field hockey

November 07, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

The way No. 14 Hereford outplayed Francis Scott Key early in yesterday's state Class 1A semifinal, it appeared that Key would need something unusual to come back and beat the Bulls.

Midway through the second half, the Eagles unveiled the unexpected, surprising Hereford with an unusual corner play that sparked a 2-0 victory for the Carroll County team at Goucher College.

The play started with Jordan Torbeck's short tap off the line to Kelly Whitfield. But Whitfield did not fire a hard crossing pass, as the Bulls expected.

Instead, she lifted the ball 15 feet into the air and across the circle. Christa Schroder punched it toward the middle, where Stephanie Lawrence shot it past Hereford goalie Kelly Dixon.

The Bulls (14-3) were caught completely off guard.

"Once you're in the circle, you can lift it," said Hereford coach Tammy Mundie. "If you're outside the circle, you can't, and that was new for us.

"We just kind of stared and said, 'What's that?' waiting for the official to blow the whistle instead of playing it. And I think that was their strategy, thinking most teams are going to sit there in awe, waiting for the whistle, and they're able to take advantage of that."

Fired up by the lead, the Eagles continued to push hard on the attack over the next four minutes and broke through again with 9: 17 left in the game.

Torbeck sent a long pass through the circle. Marie Legg controlled the ball and fired into the left corner. Dixon, who finished with seven saves, almost had it, but the ball skimmed over her right foot and into the cage.

"When they scored after such a hard-fought game, you kind of feel hopeless," said Bulls sophomore Sarah Warner, who played a superb game at center link.

The Eagles (10-4-1) advanced to meet defending champ TTC Pocomoke (14-1-1) in Saturday's title game. Pocomoke defeated Rising Sun, 2-0, in the other semifinal.

Pub Date: 11/07/96

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