In makeup, Garrison Forest reigns over No. 1 Fallston

Grizzlies make early goal from Weglicki hold up, 1-0

Field hockey

High Schools

October 01, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

The Fallston and Garrison Forest field hockey teams were supposed to meet on Sept. 4, before rain postponed what was then a matchup between the top two ranked teams in the metro area.

Garrison Forest coach Traci Davis wasn't certain her team would have won that day, but she was sure of one thing: The Grizzlies, now ranked 11th, entered yesterday's makeup game as a much better team than they were a month ago.

That was ultimately proven as the visiting Grizzlies got an early goal from senior Annie Weglicki to upend No. 1 Fallston, 1-0.

The win, which came 24 hours after Garrison Forest shut out No. 7 Towson, 3-0, improved the Grizzlies to 5-4-1.

"We have learned to play together as a team, and we love where we're at right now," said senior Lauren Sheets, an All-Metro performer, who helped neutralize the Cougars' dangerous attack duo of Krissy Browning and Kim Ziegler. "I think for us, it [the rescheduling] worked out a little better, but this was huge, a real confidence builder."

The Cougars fell to 5-1-1, but they weren't hanging their heads after the loss to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference team.

"I'm disappointed that we lost, but this was certainly a team that was worthy," said Cougars coach Alice Puckett. "They played hard. ... They're always attacking."

The Fallston defense struggled at times to combat Garrison Forest's speed. Seniors Brittany Williams and Kirby Houck repeatedly got free and were able to generate scoring chances. The Grizzlies outshot the Cougars 12-5 and held a 6-2 advantage in penalty corners, but the former was often thwarted by defender Cat Connelly or goalie Maddie Goetz (nine saves).

However, the pair was powerless to stop Garrison's goal, which came just eight minutes into the contest. In a crowd right in front, Weglicki got free and scored into the open side.

"It was off a cross and we've been working on that a lot," Weglicki said. "Finally, I had my stick down."

Controlling the ball, the Grizzlies kept up the pressure but couldn't get another goal.

That almost loomed large in the second half as Fallston was able to mount pressure.

However, Grizzlies goalie Sarah Williams (four saves) stood tall, making a nice save on Ziegler and then denying Lindsey Mueller in front.

"There was never a point where Fallston gave up, and that's a true testament to how good they are," Davis said. "We're continuing to progress every game, and that's what every team wants."

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