Spalding finally clicks for 2-0 victory

Cavs' 16th penalty corner breaks ice for No. 2 team against No. 15 St. Mary's

Field hockey

High Schools

October 16, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Plenty of penalty corners were earned and a handful of shots were taken, but the No. 2 Archbishop Spalding field hockey team didn't have anything to show for it in a scoreless first half against No. 15 St. Mary's.

So what was there to say at halftime? "I just told them, `Keep pounding the goal and one will go in.' That's just field hockey," said Spalding coach Leslee Brady.

And sure enough, coming off the Cavs' 16th penalty corner, wing Caitlin Swift scored from the left side for temporary relief. Total relief didn't come until 22 seconds remained when defender Katie Monaghan added a goal on a penalty stroke to give the Cavaliers a well-earned 2-0 victory over the Saints.

"We had a lot of opportunities, but they were outnumbering us in the circle, so our goal in the second half was to keep getting penalty corners because we knew that's when we'd have the advantage," Swift said.

When Megan Rainey sent a ball to the left side, Swift was quick to take advantage, getting one past St. Mary's goalkeeper Allie Buote.

"I didn't have time to get my feet around, so I reversed-hit it and it went in," Swift said.

The Cavaliers (12-0-1) ended with a 21-5 advantage in penalty corners and 13-2 edge in shots, but a packed-in Saints defense made things tough and kept things a little too close for comfort for Brady and the home team.

Just moments before Monaghan's insurance goal, the Saints (5-4-4) had a good chance to tie when midfielder Kimi Pastana sent in a shot off a penalty corner that goalkeeper Marian Cassilly had to turn away for her only save of the game.

It turned out to be just another way for the surging Cavaliers to find a way to win, something they've grown accustomed to in a season that started with just three returning starters.

Returnees Swift and Erin Kelly have provided the scoring; midfielder Ashley Paschall, the team's other returnee, has controlled the middle of the field, and a new-look defense led by Monaghan has handled everything that has come its way.

"Our team has really stepped up. The juniors that have come up have done a really good job of filling the spots and we're just clicking," said Paschall.

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