Long Reach wins, 2-1, steps closer to first state title

Calvert falls in semifinal

Fallston is final hurdle

3A field hockey

High schools

November 09, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

There is a picture on the wall in Long Reach's gymnasium of the girls state championship outdoor track team.

Bridgette Burkhardt and her field hockey teammates are a little envious.

"They won the state title and have this gigantic picture on the wall," Burkhardt said. "We want one, too."

They are 60 minutes away from making that a reality.

Long Reach, in its first state field hockey tournament, got first-half goals yesterday from 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 controlled the middle beautifully against Calvert (14-1-2). She was always around the ball, and had solid, long hits despite the lush grass that slowed the ball down.

"She's like a magnet to the ball, and when she gets it she does something with it," said Snyder, whose team has won 10 straight. "She was our key player today. She made things happen."

Jessica Burkhardt assisted on Bridgette's goal six minutes into the first half. A minute later, Calvert's Caitlin Galligan tied the game.

Long Reach controlled the game 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.

"We should have scored more," Synder said. "I'm not satisfied offensively."

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

Calvert played more aggressively in the latter part of the second half, but Long Reach's defense was up to the task.

"We played awesome," said Bridgette Burkhardt, who is 15 minutes older then her twin. "Everybody did their job and did it well."

All but two Long Reach players watched Calvert beat La Plata last Friday in the South Region final, and Bridgette Burkhardt said that proved to be beneficial.

"When we came to Goucher, we knew exactly who we were playing," Bridgette said. "We weren't intimidated by them. We felt we were the better team."

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