Kent jumps to quick start, knocks out Hereford, 3-1 Bulls pTC goalie Turnbaugh turns in sensational saves

November 04, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

It was supposed to be different for Hereford this time.

After losing in last year's state semifinal, the No. 11 Bulls spent the fall tuning up for what they hoped would be the school's first field hockey title since 1979. They had jumped on most of their opponents quickly and they wanted to strike fast yesterday too, but Kent foiled that plan from the opening whistle.

The Trojans scored three goals in the first 23 minutes of the game and held off the Bulls for a 3-1 victory in a Class 1A semifinal at Goucher College.

"I don't think we were mentally prepared," said Bulls forward Sarah Warner. "We have the skill and we have the speed, but mentally we just weren't in this game. Everybody's got to give 110 percent and that wasn't happening."

The Bulls (13-3) spent almost the entire first half in retreat while the Trojans outshot them 10-0. Only a handful of sensational saves by Bulls goalie Jessica Turnbaugh kept Kent (15-2) from scoring twice as many goals.

The senior had five first-half saves, including an amazing stick save midway through the half. Trojans top scorer Jamie Larrimore tried to slip a loose ball in from the weak side, but Turnbaugh made a 180-degree turn and lunged with her stick in time to clear the ball off the goal line.

"She's made saves like that in other games, but she's never been tested like she was today," said Bulls coach Tammy Mundie.

Turnbaugh, who finished with eight saves, made several against powerful shots and also played several other balls that upset Kent's attack in the circle.

The Trojans, who notched their 13th shutout, spent much of the game in Hereford's circle. They had 13 penalty corners and finished with 16 shots.

Larrimore scored less than 12 minutes into the game and Jayde Fletcher and Avery Coleman added the other goals. The Bulls left too many players unmarked in close and also left Coleman free to cherry pick most of the half.

The Bulls fared much better in the second half, scoring early when Lara Peterson fed Tracy Kessler on a corner in the first eight minutes. They almost struck again about six minutes later when Amber Bell nearly connected with a perfect cross to the far post.

Kent will meet defending champ Pocomoke, a 2-1 winner over Poolesville yesterday, for the title Saturday at Goucher.

Pub Date: 11/04/97

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