Spalding, Severn play to 0-0 tie

Field hockey

High Schools

October 09, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The annual field hockey meeting between No. 3 Archbishop Spalding and No. 10 Severn has become a case of the proverbial immovable object vs. the irresistible force.

For the second straight year, the game ended in a 0-0 draw in their regular-season Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference contest.

Both teams were sound on defense and intense in the midfield, but neither managed to create many opportunities on offense.

That was especially rare for host Spalding, which boasts the top two scorers in the metro area in Erin Kelly (13 goals, 10 assists) and All-Metro Caitlin Swift (15, five).

The Admirals' defense, led by All-Metro back Jenna Rogers and aggressive goalie Jobi Mason, became the first team to shut down Kelly and Swift this season.

Mason made a game-saving clear, kicking the ball out of a crowd in front of the cage, with 10 seconds left in the game.

The Cavaliers (9-0-1 overall, 7-0-1 conference) managed just four shots against the Admirals (6-2-1, 6-1-1).

Still Severn managed just six shots, two saved by goalie Marian Cassilly.

"It was back and forth the whole time. In field hockey, the score doesn't really show it all the time. You can just get a fluky goal but this game was as even as the score," said Spalding's Ashley Paschall, who turned in a strong effort at center midfield as did her Severn counterpart, Jess Adam.

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