Friends hands Hereford first loss, 1-0, in overtime Pollack's first shot ever gives Quakers unusual win

September 18, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Friends' Becca Pollack seemed an unlikely candidate to score a game-winning goal in overtime.

Not only had the junior never played in an overtime game, but as a back, she had never even taken a shot at the cage.

When yesterday's game at Hereford went into a second seven-on-seven overtime period, Pollack had her chance in a mad rush at the cage with only three minutes left until the game would have been declared a tie.

"Alyssa [Bergy] drove the ball in," said Pollack. "The goalie sort of dribbled it out into the dust, and I just pushed it to the left."

The 1-0 victory was unusual for the No. 8 Quakers (2-0) considering that they do not play overtime in their league. In the Association of Independent Schools, the game would have ended in a tie.

"I'm glad we had the chance to play overtime," said Quakers midfielder Molly O'Connor. "It's disappointing after all that work to see it 0-0."

Teammate Maron Deering agreed. "Ties you don't really come back from happy or sad. It kind of leaves you hanging."

No. 10-ranked Hereford (4-1) already had won two overtime games this season, including Tuesday's 2-1 win over Pikesville. Both times they struck quickly in the first 10-minute sudden-death period.

They nearly did the same yesterday. The Bulls were much more aggressive in the first overtime, taking two shots; the Quakers managed none.

The Bulls thought they had won in the final 15 seconds of the period when Sarah Warner drove a ball down the middle and Melissa Cornet appeared to deflect it into the cage. But the official said Cornet's stick had not touched the ball, so there was no goal.

Warner and Cornet both said Cornet had touched it, but the first overtime ended without a score.

The Bulls had a couple of early chances to score in the second overtime, played with six different players but the same goalie. -- Jen Marstellar sent a strong drive down the middle less than three minutes into the period, but none of her teammates could reach it before Friends goalie Laura Schummers cleared it away.

A minute later, Schummers saved a Bulls shot that had come out of a crowd, but Hereford got another chance on a penalty corner.

As Laurie Norman stopped Amber Bell's corner pass, Friends' Caroline Keelty rushed out to hit the ball away before Norman could shoot.

While the Bulls had two corners and three shots in overtime, Pollack's goal was the only shot for the Quakers, who had a 7-3 edge in shots and a 5-0 edge in corners during regulation.

"They came out to win and they expected to win," said Warner, a Junior Olympian. "We stepped up to the challenge, but failed. But that's all right, because this was good competition and we were really proud of the way we played."

Pub Date: 9/18/97

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