0-0 tie gives NDP joy of victory

Blazers avenge 4-3 loss last year to Centennial

Field hockey

September 18, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Notre Dame Prep only tied No. 10-ranked Centennial, 0-0, yesterday. But for the No. 15-ranked, revenge-minded Blazers, it certainly looked and felt like a win. And so they celebrated as if they'd won.

And to the visiting Eagles, the tie felt and looked like a loss, and they reacted in a despondent manner.

"We were lucky to get out without a loss," Centennial coach Gail Purcell said. "We didn't play together. We were very disjointed."

She didn't want to blame it on the fact that her team played two games Saturday and might have been a bit tired.

But she did point out Notre Dame's revenge motive. A year ago, the Eagles rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Notre Dame, 4-3. Blazers midfielder Adrienne Wiegman, a Team Maryland player, certainly recalled that game.

"We really wanted to beat them for last season," Wiegman said. "We were more aggressive and cut off their passes, took hard shots from outside the circle and had better stickwork. We got all our dodges and the offense had good timing."

They also outshot Centennial, 27-6, an indication of just how much the Blazers dominated -- especially in the second half when the ball was almost exclusively on Centennial's end of the field.

"We had a lot of nice crosses but just couldn't put it in," the Blazers' Jenny Lacy said. Lacy's shot from the right side late in the first half was just wide.

Notre Dame also had nine penalty corners to Centennial's five.

The Blazers were able to attack from the middle and from both sides, while Centennial's attack was anemic on the left side.

"It's not normal for us to have no left side," Purcell said. "We normally distribute more evenly. This was just not my team today. Our transition is normally stronger. We were just flat today."

Notre Dame should have been the team that was flat, because the Blazers didn't know they had a game yesterday until Sunday night.

Coach Erin Willett took the scheduling miscommunication in stride, however, and so did her team.

"We didn't play our game in the first half. We looked a little tired because [this] was a Monday game. We were clumping some in the first half, because they kept attacking down the right side, but once we spread out and made them adjust to us, we played much better."

She singled out the play of Wiegman, defender Emily Rosen and attacker Lacey for special praise.

Purcell credited the tie to outstanding play from her sweeper Katie Reck and goalkeeper Dayna Eng, who made 23 saves.

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