Friends snaps long St. Paul's streak 1-0 win is Gators' first loss in 21 games over 2 seasons

Field hockey

October 09, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Friends did something yesterday that no team has been able to do for nearly two years -- beat St. Paul's.

Alyssa Bergy finished off an early corner play for a 1-0 victory as the No. 10 Quakers dealt the No. 4 Gators their first loss in 21 games.

The defending Association of Independent Schools A Division champs had not lost since Nov. 11, 1995, when they fell in the tournament title game to Garrison Forest, 1-0. Since then, the Gators had gone 15-0-5.

In yesterday's A Division Homer League game, the Quakers (4-3-1 overall, 1-2 league) cornered St. Paul's for the game-winner with 12: 37 left in the first half.

Bergy's goal was the first this season against the host Gators, who had outscored their first four opponents, 13-0.

Midfielder Maron Deering set up the goal on a penalty corner. She stopped the pass and drove it down the middle. Jackie Wilkins deflected it from the right across to Bergy for the goal.

"Maron will stop 99 percent of the [corner] hits out," said Quakers coach Carol Samuels, "and that timing she has gives us a chance to get going to goal. We've been working very hard on deflections. That Jack had one and Alyssa had one in is great."

The Quakers scored before the Gators (4-1, 1-1) managed a shot.

"Our aggressiveness was a step above what it's been in any other game and that made all the difference," said midfielder Molly O'Connor. "This win gives us a lot of confidence, since we had just lost Monday to [No. 8-ranked] Bryn Mawr. This shows us that we can beat good teams."

Yesterday, the Quakers' Deering-driven long-ball game gave the Gators a lot of trouble.

"They play a whole different game, a much bigger game than we do," said Gators midfielder Alison Polk-Williams. "We play more of a smaller passing game and they play a huge hitting game. It took us too long to adjust to that. They had really good hits downfield. They knew how to get through us and we just couldn't stop them."

Still, the Gators outshot the Quakers, 5-3. They also had some excellent crosses that no one could convert against Friends' tight defense in the circle.

The Gators' top threat, Jenny Landsman, managed to break down the side several times, but she could not connect in the circle, where O'Connor had her marked.

The Quakers also got terrific defensive efforts from Deering, Edith Swain, Sara Barss and freshman goalie Laura Schummers (four saves).

No. 15 Garrison Forest 1, No. 12 Severn 0: Kate Wheeler scored just over five minutes into the second half to lift the host Grizzlies (3-1-1, 2-0) in an AIS A Division Applebee League game. The Grizzlies had 14 shots and eight corners while their defense held Severn (3-4-1, 1-1) without a shot or a corner.

Pub Date: 10/09/97

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