Hereford turns the corner in 2nd half, earns 3-0 win

Field hockey

September 10, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Midway through the second half yesterday, the Hereford and C. Milton Wright field hockey teams were getting frustrated.

The No. 9 Bulls had taken 14 penalty corners without scoring a goal. The host Mustangs could not keep the Bulls from attacking.

On the 15th corner, Taylor Salditch finally ended the Bulls' frustration, nailing a shot from just inside the top of the circle to spark a 3-0 Hereford victory.

The final tally had Hereford taking 22 corners. The Bulls scored on two.

"No one would rush," said senior midfielder Sarah Tracey. "We had a lot of time to shoot, but then everyone was in front of the goal, so it would either hit their feet or no one would be there to clean up."

The Mustangs' defense held off the Bulls as long as they did with about a dozen saves, including six by goalie Kara Angelo. Backs Kirsten Eberly and Ashley Lancer combined for at least six more stick saves.

"Our offense didn't show up today and there was only so much our defense could take," said C. Milton Wright coach Carla Harward. "Our defense was getting frustrated that every time they got it out, we couldn't move it up the field. We couldn't transition well."

The Mustangs (0-1-1) shut out the Bulls (1-1) for the first 44 minutes before Salditch finally broke through. Hereford couldn't score off the initial corner play and the Mustangs cleared the ball out of the circle, but Salditch intercepted it, dribbled once into the circle and nailed a long drive into the cage.

"We pretty much just watched her," said Mustangs back Kristen Elutrio. "We all had somebody marked up and we watched the girl with the ball take that shot. By then, it was too late."

Less than three minutes later, Bulls forward Danielle Wacker scored on another secondary effort after Lancer stopped the initial corner play on the goal line. Wacker won a scuffle just off the goal line and tapped the ball in.

Brianna Ryan added the final goal with 2:18 to go when the ball emerged from a crowd in front of the goal and rolled to her just off the right post.

The Bulls outshot the Mustangs, 15-6. All but one of the Mustangs' shots came during a three-minute surge late in the second half.

Elutrio kicked off the Mustangs' attack by moving the ball downfield and sending a nice crossing pass through the circle toward the far post, but no one could get a stick on it. On the next effort, Lancer had three straight shots and then another one 25 seconds later, but Bulls goalie Amanda Polley saved each one.

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