Long Reach tops Calvert

Washington advances

Field hockey

High schools

November 09, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Long Reach, in its first state field hockey tournament, got first-half goals yesterday from Bridgette Burkhardt and Shannon Woodward to defeat Calvert, 2-1, in a Class 3A semifinal at Goucher College.

The eighth-ranked Lightning (13-2-2) will play seventh-ranked Fallston (14-3), a 2-0 winner over Richard Montgomery, at 11: 30 a.m. Saturday for the state championship.

Long Reach defeated Fallston, 1-0, Sept. 14, on Woodward's first-half goal. Fallston outplayed the Lightning in the second half of that game, but much has changed for Long Reach since then.

"Our team has been totally transformed into a different one," said Jessica Burkhardt. "Everyone has improved and our formation is different."

Two changes that coach Kelly Snyder made were moving Jessica Burkhardt from left inner to center midfield and Woodward from left midfield to left wing. Both have paid off.

Jessica Burkhardt assisted on Bridgette's goal six minutes into the first half. A minute later, Caitlin Galligan tied the game for Calvert (14-1-2).

Long Reach controlled the ball for most of the first half, and much of it was in the circle. The Lightning took more than twice as many shots, but nothing worked.

Finally, with 5: 30 left, Bridgette Burkhardt's pass from right side found Woodward alone at the left post and she finished it for the game-winner.

Washington 3, Glenelg 1 (penalty strokes): For 80 scoreless minutes, including two 10-minute overtime periods, Glenelg and Washington waged a battle of attrition in their Class 1A state semifinal at Goucher College. Neither team blinked.

Finally, as sun began to settle, the game was decided in a shootout. And there, Washington was just a little better. The Jaguars won 3-1 in penalty strokes and advanced to Saturday's final against Elkton.

Melissa Webster won it for Washington (17-0) with a shot into the left corner that went off Glenelg goaltender Kristina Johnson's stick.

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