Dulaney's 2-1 win over Towson in OT gains shot at county title

Ostheller has both goals for Lions

Hereford next

Field hockey

High Schools

October 15, 2003|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Two of Baltimore County's top field hockey programs slugged it out through the rain and mud yesterday at Towson High to decide who would advance to the county championship game.

In the end, it was the No. 9 Dulaney Lions who passed and deflected their way to a thrilling, 2-1 overtime victory over No. 10 Towson. The Lions (13-1 overall, 10-0 county) will play at No. 4 Hereford tomorrow afternoon with the county title at stake.

"The girls wanted a chance to see them [Hereford] again," said Dulaney coach Karen Casperite. "They got their chance. Now they just have to go out and prove themselves on Thursday."

Dulaney senior Greta Ostheller scored the second of her two goals 1:43 into the extra period off a well-executed corner.

Senior Colleen Fisher took the corner from the left side of the Towson goal, hitting the ball out to Kelly Watts, who was to the right of the goal. Watts quickly passed the ball back across to the left to junior Emily Norris, who shot. Ostheller used her stick to deflect the ball into the back of the net.

"Greta always seems to come up big whenever we really need her," said Casperite. "We always know that if we can send the ball to Greta, we can get a deflection off of her. She is so fantastic with deflections into the goal and she proved it today."

It was the second loss in as many days for Towson (9-4-1, 8-1), which fell to No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, 2-1, on Monday. The Generals' four losses for the year are more than they had the past two seasons combined.

"I was real pleased with my team today," said Towson coach Holly West. "I hope they're not disappointed because they left it all out on the field, which is what I asked them to do. We have regional play coming up and that's what matters."

Ostheller camped out at the left corner of the Towson goal for the majority of the game, and it was from that spot that she deflected and scored the Lions' first goal 10 minutes into the game off an assist from Ally Evans.

In the second half , the Generals got even as Julie Stiltz scored her team-leading 12th goal of the season at 21:45. Ashley Chambers passed to Stiltz off the Towson corner and she lined up and ripped a 15-yard shot to tie the game at 1.

Dulaney will be making its first appearance in the county title game since 1999. The Lions lost to Hereford at home three weeks ago, 3-2.

"Hereford better watch out because we're coming for them," Ostheller said.

"We can't wait to have a rematch. It was a close game before and it's going to be even closer this time. Hopefully we'll come out on top."

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