Down 2-0, Long Reach rallies to edge Centennial, 3-2, in OT

Lightning wins second of four overtime games

Field hockey

High Schools

October 01, 2003|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Long Reach senior Tiffany Trask is having difficulty getting used to playing in overtime, and she is getting tired of it.

The good thing for Trask is that for the second time in consecutive weeks she has scored the game-winning overtime goal for the Lightning field hockey team, which defeated Centennial, 3-2, yesterday at home after trailing 2-0.

"It's shocking," said Long Reach coach Melissa Lennon of the victory. "I think Tiffany is shocked as well. We needed this win."

The Lightning (5-4 overall, 4-1 county) has played in four overtime games this season, splitting them, with both of the victories coming against Howard County opponents. Long Reach beat Mount Hebron, 3-2, on Sept. 22 with another Trask game-winner.

"I am sick of going into overtime," Trask said. "We lost our first two overtime games before the county season started. Now we are getting in a habit of winning in overtime instead of losing them."

Centennial (5-3, 3-2) led 2-0 less then 10 minutes into the game before falling in its first overtime game of the season.

"Personally I don't think it should have come down to overtime," said Centennial coach Gail Purcell. "We really lost our focus right after the first two goals."

Trask's heroics took place four minutes into the extra period. Teammate Carlie Nethlen sent a soft pass to the right side of the cage, where Trask was in position. She shot toward the left corner of the cage past Centennial goalie Chelsea Farley (16 saves) to end the game.

"Carlie just passed it in and I saw it and hit it across, hoping it would just go in," Trask said. "I didn't know if it was going to go straight across or in. I just aimed it toward the goal, and it ended up going in."

The Eagles scored both of their goals in transition on fast breaks. Senior captain Sara Siegel led the second goal as she raced down field flanked by two wings, with only Long Reach goalie Molly Pop (10 saves) standing in the way. Siegel passed the ball to her left, where Chelsea Parks slapped home the shot.

Long Reach's Kelly Flipawicz single-handedly tied the score with two straight goals before halftime. The latter came off a Farley kick save .

"I never felt we were in control of the game," Purcell said. "I thought they did a nice job, but this wasn't our best effort today."

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