Glenelg pays penalty in loss to Washington

1A field hockey

High schools

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

Jessica Schmidt was right.

"We played our hearts out," said the Glenelg junior defender.

For 80 scoreless minutes, including two 10-minute overtime periods, Glenelg and Washington waged a battle of attrition in a Class 1A state semifinal field hockey game yesterday at Goucher College. Neither team blinked.

"It was the best game I've played in all year," said Glenelg junior Elizabeth Narron.

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.

"It's really hard to lose, especially since we've worked so hard to get here," Narron said. "They're an excellent team, and if we had to lose I'm glad we lost to a team like that."

Washington (17-0) had speed and skills, and threatened Glenelg goalkeeper Kristina Johnson repeatedly in the first half. The Jaguars, of Somerset County, outshot the Gladiators in the second half as well, but Glenelg (12-5) stayed tough in the circle.

"We played team defense and that was the key," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid.

The Gladiators, who tied for the Howard County title with three seniors on their roster, didn't get many offensive opportunities in regulation, but dominated the first overtime. In fact, a Narron shot found the back of the cage with 3: 28 left, but it was waived off by a third-person foul.

Both goalies made saves to open the shootout. After Narron tied the score at 1-all, Washington took the lead back. Kristina Schwarz's shot to tie was stopped by goalie Erica Nelson.

Johnson, playing in her first shootout, saved Washington's fourth attempt, but Schmidt's attempt to tie went over the cage. Melissa Webster won it with a shot into the left corner that went off Johnson's stick.

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