Owls fill tall order, prevail in 2 OT, 1-0

F.S. Key back line, uncut grass silence No. 4 until Krolus goal

Field hockey

High Schools

September 11, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Junior forward Bekah Krolus scored from 8 yards out with 3:41 remaining in double overtime to give host No. 4 Westminster a 1-0 victory over No. 11 Francis Scott Key last night in a Carroll County league field hockey game.

Krolus' goal ended 136 minutes of frustration for the Owls (2-1), who were shut out in regulation for the second straight game. The Owls outshot Key 10-6, and with the exception of the first overtime period, held a decisive edge in play. But a number of factors, such as tall grass on the Westminster field and great play from the Key back line, prevented the Owls from scoring.

"We were taking all kinds of shots, but they just never went in - just like last game," Krolus said. "It's really hard to pass it hard and shoot it on this grass. You have to get a little lift on the ball, but sometimes you get called for it."

Key's back line of defenders junior Nicolette Null, sophomore Randee Black and senior Lauren Davis, as well as senior goalie Tessa Gist, played magnificently to keep the Owls scoreless. Gist made four saves and cleared several balls, while the others prevented several would-be scoring opportunities in the middle of the shooting circle.

Westminster kept up intense pressure in the Key end throughout the second half, but couldn't break through. Key (1-2), which lost its second straight, did not register a shot in regulation for the second consecutive game, but then pelted six balls at All-Metro goalie Emily Chamelin in the first overtime period. Chamelin kept the Owls alive by making four stops.

"It was a great game, and as far as I'm concerned, the girls completely turned around the way we played last Thursday," said Key coach Alison Weiss, whose Eagles fell to North Carroll, 4-0, last week. "We played our hearts out, and I'm very happy. I would have just liked the result to be different. Most of our defense is new, just one returning starter, and everyone else has really stepped up."

A major factor keeping the Westminster attack at bay was the condition of its home field. The game was played on the football field, where thick unmowed grass, as high as three inches in some spots, was not conducive to clean field hockey.

"It's a terrible field for hockey," Westminster coach Judie Puckett said. "It should have been mowed."

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