Pocomoke wins 4th title in row Tops aggressive F.S. Key, 2-0, with goals in each half

Field hockey

November 13, 1996|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN STAFF

When the Francis Scott Key Eagles walked off the field following yesterday afternoon's 2-0 loss to Pocomoke in the Class 1A state final game at Goucher College, there were few tears or heads dropped low.

There were even a couple of smiles.

"[Pocomoke] was really good, and it was an excellent game," said Key senior forward Jenn Parrish. "The seniors couldn't be happier."

"Sure," she continued, "we would have liked to win, but this year has been fun, and we've accomplished a lot."

East region champ Pocomoke, from the lower Eastern Shore, is winner of the last three Class 1A state titles and seven overall dating back to 1983. The school's teams have set the field hockey standard at this level, and the No. 15 Eagles (10-5-1) did all they could to present a challenge.

"We played very well," said senior link Heather Arnold. "They had great stickwork, great passing and were very fast, but we kept up with them."

Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Eagles pressed for the tying goal in the early part of the second half with Parrish and sophomore Stephanie Lawrence getting chances.

But a strong Warrior defense led by Tennille Jackson and Sarah Villaume held ground before Juli Byrd scored an insurance goal on a penalty stroke with seven minutes left to give Pocomoke (15-1-1) the two-goal lead.

Even then, the Eagles kept on coming with the closing moments spent inside Pocomoke's circle.

"We're a second-half team," Parrish said. "We really came back, but couldn't put it in. We're not a team that gives up."

The Eagles showed that quality from the middle of the season, when they took off after a slow start to win their last eight games and reached the final for the first time since 1993. That year, they defeated Pocomoke, to win their fifth state crown.

"We had a great year. Some didn't expect us to get this far, but we never gave up," said Arnold.

Pub Date: 11/13/96

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