Chesapeake's bid ends on 26th penalty stroke

Taylor's 25-year career concludes with loss to Q. Orchard in semis

Class 4A field hockey

High Schools

November 06, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

What a difference six days made for the Chesapeake field hockey team.

Nearly a week after convincingly beating North County in a penalty-stroke game, the No. 15 Cougars fell hard, succumbing to Quince Orchard, 2-1, in a 26-shot penalty-stroke marathon in a Class 4A state semifinal at Goucher College yesterday.

With the season-ending loss, Chesapeake - the East region champion - dropped to 11-3-2 and finished the year one step shy of reaching the program's first state-championship game under coach Jerry Taylor.

Instead, Quince Orchard (12-2), the West region titlist, will make its first trip to the final after three straight unsuccessful appearances in the state semifinals, meeting Westminster at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

Yesterday's Cougars bore little resemblance to those of Oct. 30, when Chesapeake defeated North County, 2-0, on penalty strokes in a regional semifinal.

Yesterday, the Cougars' shots were either aimed right at Quince Orchard sophomore goalkeeper Megan McKinney or were at waist level, where she could bat them down with her left glove.

"We just didn't have any power or accuracy on our shots," said junior defender Jen King. "We wanted it really bad, but their goalie was a lot better than we thought."

After 80 minutes of scoreless hockey, the teams went into the first round of stroke play, in which five players from each side are granted penalty strokes.

When no one could put the ball past McKinney or Chesapeake senior goalkeeper Meghann Bush, each team sent six more players, who also were unsuccessful.

Finally, on Quince Orchard's 12th penalty stroke of the day, senior attack Katie Field sent a shot inside the right post to give the Montgomery County program a 1-0 lead.

But the Cougars earned a tie when junior defender Christina Kocka placed her shot in almost the exact same position.

Senior attack Kristen Collins then fired a shot into the lower-left corner, and McKinney made a pad save on Chesapeake sophomore defender Bethany Firstbrook's attempt, clinching the win for Quince Orchard.

Collins, whose goal was her fourth in the postseason, said she wanted to change direction against Bush.

"On the last one, I went high," Collins said. "I thought I'd try to throw her off by going low."

The Cougars' loss was the last game for Taylor, who plans to retire after 25 years of coaching. Taylor said she had mixed feelings about walking away from the game that has become a nearly daily part of her life.

"It's bittersweet. I love being here and, obviously, I don't like to lose," Taylor said. "But it's not about winning or losing. It's about bringing the girls here and seeing that there's a whole big world out there."

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