No. 8 Hereford topples No. 1 Towson

Goalie Restivo saves day in penalty stroke shootout

2A North field hockey regional

High School

November 02, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Most goalies only dream about the kind of game Hereford's Christina Restivo enjoyed yesterday.

In a penalty stroke shootout against No. 1 Towson, Restivo made three saves -- including two spectacular ones-- to lead the No. 8 Bulls to an upset victory and their sixth straight regional field hockey championship -- their third in Class 2A North.

In the best-of-five round of penalty strokes, Becky Sebastian, Sarah Tracey and Taylor Salditch gave Hereford an insurmountable 3-0 lead as Restivo stopped all three of Towson's shots.

The Bulls (11-3-2) now head into Monday's 2:45 p.m. state semifinal at Goucher College, where they will face the winner of today's game between Centennial and Southern of Anne Arundel.

Towson (15-1-2) had beaten Hereford twice this season and had a 15-4 advantage in shots through overtime yesterday. But once the game reached penalty strokes, even the host Generals knew Restivo gave the Bulls an edge.

"When they knew we were going into strokes, they knew they were going to win," said Towson's Emily Kolarik, who plays with Restivo on Team Maryland. "They should know they're going to win, because she's an awesome goalie. She's very agile, she has very quick reflexes and she's tough."

Restivo made 13 saves through 60 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of seven-on-seven overtime as the Bulls drew to a 0-0 standoff with the host Generals.

With daylight waning as the game neared an end, Restivo faced three excellent penalty strokes.

She had to dive to her left to bat away Whitney Mershon's waist-high drive. She then reached high to her right to make a stick save that also deflected off the post on Lucy Poole's attempt. Kolarik then nailed a low shot that Restivo batted away just off her left shin.

"We wanted this so bad," said Restivo, who made four saves in overtime. "I've never seen our team have so much fire coming out on the field. When we came out, it felt exactly the same as last year (when the Bulls avenged a 4-0 regular season loss with a 1-0 overtime win in the regional final)."

While Restivo celebrated, she also felt for Towson's Jessy Willse, a first-year goalie who allowed only two goals all season playing behind a stellar defense. Willse made four saves yesterday, including two in the second overtime.

"She's probably blaming herself, but she shouldn't be. It's not her fault," said Restivo. "She had a great game."

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