Oldfields victorious in shootout Kierkegaard's goals edge Glenelg C.S., 2-1

Field hockey

November 08, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Glenelg Country School earned its third straight regular-season Association of Independent Schools B Division title this season. Winning the postseason tournament, however, hasn't been that easy.

Oldfields beat Glenelg Country last season in the tournament semifinals before winning the title. Yesterday, Oldfields did it again, knocking off the host Dragons, 2-1, in a semifinal game that wasn't settled until a sudden-death shootout.

"This was one of our best games of the season," said Glenelg Country coach Courtney Butler. "I can't ask for a better effort. I'm not sad that we lost, because they played with all their heart. I'm sorry that the season has to end."

The game ended 1-1 after 60 minutes. Next came two, five-minute overtime periods. Each team sends out seven players, including the goalie, for each period. In the second period, a team must use new players, except for the goalie. Glenelg Country (5-8-2) was a player short in the second overtime because it has only 12 players, but to its credit dominated much of the play.

The teams then sent five players to participate in a 1 vs. 1 shootout. Each player took the ball at the 25-yard line and dribbled in on goal.

The first four players on both teams failed to score. Laura Clark, a freshman who did not play in regulation, then put Glenelg Country ahead. Her initial shot against goalie Dealey Campbell was stopped, but Clark got the rebound and fired it into the cage. Alyssa Kierkegaard was the last player for Oldfields (4-8-2).

"I knew I had to score or the season would be over," Kierkegaard said. She scored convincingly, hitting a hard shot into the left corner.

That sent the game into sudden death. Oldfields coach Stephanie Hedges sent Kierkegaard back to shoot first.

"I knew she would do it. I knew she would get the job done." Hedges said. And she did. Once again, Kierkegaard sent a hard shot into the left corner.

"It was a real nice shot," said Glenelg Country goalie Heather Sutherland. "It was one of those shots goalies hope they don't see."

Glenelg Country's Rachel Baron was next. She was unable to get off a shot in the first shootout, and was not successful the second time. Campbell stopped the ball before Baron could shoot.

John Carroll 3, Lutheran 2: Jennifer Gray had two goals and Lindsay Tognocchi had two assists as John Carroll (5-7-2) built a 3-0 halftime lead and held off Lutheran in the second half to win an Association of Independent Schools semifinal and advance to tomorrow's championship game at St. Paul's vs. Oldfields at 2 p.m. Lisa Attansio had the other goal for John Carroll.

Pub Date: 11/08/96

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