St. Paul's uses shortcut to get past Friends Gators frustrate Quakers with short passing game, 1-0

Field hockey

October 07, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Fifth-ranked St. Paul's used its short passing game well and took No. 7 Friends out of its long-ball game yesterday en route to a 1-0 victory in an Association of Independent Schools A Division Homer League game.

Alison Polk-Williams scored the goal on a corner play with 6: 51 left in the first half as the Gators outshot the host Quakers, 4-0, before the break.

In the second half, Gators defender Liz Longo made the key play when the Quakers got behind her goalie, Laura DiCamillo, and Longo made a stick save to preserve the lead. The freshman back also cleared away another shot seconds later.

Throughout the game, the Gators -- especially Melissa Mordelli, and the Polk-Williams twins, Alison and Hilary -- blocked Friends' attempts to use the long pass to spark their offense. The Quakers managed just three shots and although DiCamillo had several fine clears, she only had to make one true save.

"They have a huge game because Maron Deering is one of the hardest hitters on any team," said Hilary Polk-Williams, "and Friends is one of the better teams we've seen."

"But we tried to keep to our game," said Alison Polk-Williams, "our passing game, our skills game and not play their game -- their big-hitting game. We tried to use our free hits and not just hit it, to take advantage of our possession."

VTC When the Gators (6-1-1, 2-0 in the Homer League) blocked the Quakers' hits, the Polk-Williams twins or Jenny Landsman often moved the ball quickly down field and into the circle. They had 10 penalty corners and six shots while limiting Friends to two corners and three shots.

The Quakers (7-2-1, 1-1) admitted they had their chances -- just not enough of them.

"They were just faster to the ball," said Friends senior midfielder Molly O'Connor. "They were anticipating where we were going to hit the ball and where they were going to hit the ball, so they were in the right place more of the time."

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Pub Date: 10/07/98

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