Restivo saves Hereford spot in county final, 3-0

Penalized goalie fouls up Loch Raven in shutout

Field hockey

High Schools

October 17, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | By Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Hereford goalie Christina Restivo threw herself so hard into yesterday's field hockey showdown at Loch Raven that she had three penalty strokes called against her.

Even that didn't stop the senior from turning in the critical performance of the game. Restivo saved 14 shots - including all three penalty strokes - to lead the No. 12 Bulls to a 3-0 victory over No. 11 Loch Raven.

"She was so fired up for this game," said Bulls senior Kitt Turnbaugh, who scored two goals. "Her focus and her drive are incredible. Without her, this wouldn't have been possible."

The victory sends the Bulls into tomorrow's Baltimore County championship game at No. 2 Towson at 3:45 p.m.

Yesterday's game was a must-win situation for the Bulls (8-2-2 overall, 8-1-1 Heron Division), who edged the Raiders (9-3, 8-2) for second place in the division and thus, a berth in the county final. The Generals (11-0-2, 9-0) clinched the division title with yesterday's 4-0 win over Pikesville.

Against a relentless Raiders attack, Restivo put it all on the line, playing the ball from any angle - several times lying flat on her back. That got her into trouble with the penalty stroke calls, but she atoned for each one.

The first came with 10:22 left in a scoreless first half. On a Loch Raven penalty corner, Restivo saved a Christen Svingos shot, but on the next wave of Raiders' attack, she went down on her back with the ball underneath her.

Raiders goalie Christine Hunter took the penalty stroke, but drove the ball into Restivo's body.

The defensive stand ignited the Bulls' offense. Less than two minutes later, off a long hit, Turnbaugh waited on the far post to slip a cross from Mary Beth Ardolino past Hunter.

The Raiders had the upper hand the rest of the half, but Restivo made four saves in the final 2:56, including a fine lunging save off her leg pad against Courtney Cordell. Then in a scuffle off a corner play, Restivo picked up another penalty.

This time, Cordell got off a good shot - about waist high to Restivo's right - but the goalie reached out with both hands to bat it away.

Loch Raven coach Jessica Rossano said that save likely was the critical play of the game.

"Their goalie gained confidence on each stroke that we missed. I guess the 14 shots without it going in the cage, that also deflated our offense, because we were pounding," said Rossano.

Hereford, which managed only six shots, got another goal from Turnbaugh seven minutes after the half on a second effort after a broken corner play. Mary O'Brien got the assist and then scored the final goal with 14:56 to go.

"This is the best game we've ever played," said Restivo, one of only two Bulls left from Hereford's last title team three years ago. "We had so much spirit. Motivation-wise, everything was there. We just wanted to play Towson."

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