Chesapeake-AA's first win builds increased confidence

Off loss to No. 1 Sev. Park, Cougars shut out Bel Air

Field hockey

September 07, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Very few losses end up as positive outcomes.

Leave it to the Chesapeake field hockey team to prove otherwise. Buoyed by a tough loss to No. 1 Severna Park three days ago, the host Cougars upended 15th-ranked Bel Air, 2-0, in Pasadena yesterday.

The win helped Chesapeake even its record at 1-1 after the Cougars had lost Tuesday, 3-1, in the season opener to 13-time state champion Severna Park.

Yet, several Chesapeake players said they used the loss as a motivational tool against the Bobcats (1-1).

"It helped us because we figure that if we could play that well against Severna Park, we could play that well against anybody," said junior defender Jenny King. "It has set us up for the rest of the season."

The Cougars, who haven't lost to Bel Air in their past three meetings, certainly played like a confident squad yesterday against the Harford County school. Chesapeake's defense didn't allow the Bobcats to snap off a single shot, leaving the goalkeeping tandem of senior Meghann Bush and junior Jen Kunkel without much action.

Bel Air senior forward Dianna Abramowski said the team couldn't sustain any drives against the Cougars defense.

"We usually like to keep it on the right because it's the defense's weak side, but they crowded us out over there," she said. "You have to compliment them for having a very good defense."

On the flip side, Bobcats junior keeper Lauren Paul logged a busy day. She faced eight corners and turned away 10 shots, but allowed two goals in a four-minute span of the first half.

Senior midfielder Jenna Petrice scored Chesapeake's first goal when she pushed a loose ball off a corner almost 16 minutes into the half.

"It was cluttered in there," Petrice said of the mass of humanity in front of the net. "I couldn't see a lot and then I saw the ball on the line behind the goalie. I just hit it in."

At the 19:47 mark, senior attackman Amanda Weitzel slapped the ball past Paul to end the scoring.

Cougars coach Jerry Taylor credited assistant coach Tracy Crane with working with the team's offensive unit. "It paid off," Taylor said.

Bel Air coach Phyllis Hemmes wasn't pleased about losing, but took some solace in knowing that playing the likes of Chesapeake, No. 8 Long Reach and No. 10 Centennial would only improve her squad.

"It's a good tuneup for us," Hemmes said. "We're a young group. It's a learning opportunity for us."

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