South Carroll delivers victory for Soulen against F.S. Key

Coach gave birth to boy

team gives her win as gift

Field hockey

High Schools

October 08, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

South Carroll coach Erin Soulen delivered a baby boy Saturday, and the Cavaliers gave her the perfect present last night at Francis Scott Key.

Kerrie Wuenschel scored on a shot from just inside the circle 7:05 into sudden-death overtime to give No. 5 South Carroll an emotional 2-1 field hockey victory over No. 11 Francis Scott Key.

Soulen will likely be out for the next few weeks with Melisa Gray stepping in to coach. Gray and the Cavaliers players desperately wanted to give Soulen a win to celebrate the birth of her son Jake in the team's first game without her.

"They wanted to win this game for her and [Jake]," Gray said. "This was definitely a great win for us."

South Carroll (7-2, 4-0) continually pressured Francis Scott Key (6-2, 2-1) throughout the game and manufactured numerous scoring chances.

The Cavaliers held a 16-2 advantage in shots on goal and kept the ball in Key's end throughout the game.

South Carroll kept finding scoring chances, but the Eagles either got big stops from Erin Raab (16 saves) or timely clears from their defense.

Key's Randee Black, Erin O'Donnell, Carly Greer and others repeatedly stopped the Cavaliers' threats.

Black made a few defensive saves on her own, including a big play where she knocked away a ball heading into the cage with about four minutes left in regulation and the score tied at 1.

"Our defense had a great game," Francis Scott Key coach Alison Weiss said. "The defense has been there all year, and we knew South Carroll was a tough team."

"We were so determined to win it for [Soulen]," said Wuenschel, who missed four games earlier with a broken nose and surgery. "We wanted to win it for her so badly."

South Carroll finally took the lead with 17:40 left in the game on an Alissa Cimabue goal. She reached out and flicked a perfect crossing pass from Angelica Ervin past Raab for a 1-0 lead.

The Cavaliers kept the pressure on and appeared in command. But Key tied it when O'Donnell scored after a scramble in front. Laurel Rockwood got the assist with 10:55 remaining.

South Carroll missed on several good chances in the final minutes of regulation before the seven-on-seven overtime started. The Cavaliers then used their speed and strong hitting to create more chances, and Wuenschel finally got the game-winning goal after a perfect pass from Allie Armitage.

Armitage was toward the left side of the circle and fired a pass to Wuenschel on the right. Wuenschel then sent a hard shot past Raab and inside the far post for her first goal of the season.

"I was calling for [the ball], and she hit a perfect pass to me," Wuenschel said. "We did it for Coach."

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