South Carroll hangs on against No. 14 Glenelg

No. 6 Cavaliers hand Gladiators first loss

Field hockey

High Schools

October 17, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

South Carroll, Carroll County's best field hockey team, met Glenelg, Howard County's best field hockey team, for the first time yesterday.

And the northern county maintained its reputation for having field hockey slightly superior to its southern neighbor, as the visiting Cavaliers handed Glenelg its first loss, 1-0.

No. 6 South Carroll (12-2), now a Class 2A school like Glenelg, was the Class 3A state champion last season.

The Cavaliers scored with 27:30 left in the game, and No. 14 Glenelg (12-1-1) never found the answering goal, even though the Gladiators had two apparent goals whistled away for infractions, and even though they outshot South Carroll 10-5. The Gladiators also had eight penalty corners to three for South Carroll.

"We're hitting our peak," said Cavaliers coach Melisa Gray, who has taken over for the last six games since head coach Erin Soulen took maternity leave after giving birth. "We were apprehensive about this game, but we've had a lot of tough games over the past two weeks, and this will help us get ready for the playoffs. The girls jelled and deserved the win."

Angelica Ervin scored the winning goal from the stroke line on a hit to the far post. A cross from Brittany Woodfield set up Ervin.

Kerri Wuenschel, after receiving a side hit from Brittany Shiben, sent a diagonal lead pass to Woodfield to trigger the play.

"One center ball to an unmarked person did us in," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid. "Carly [Barron] and Bailey [Sheridan] played a great defensive game for us. We had opportunities and with a little luck things could have been different. We haven't had anyone play that fast against us in transition, so this was a great game for us. It was exactly what we needed right now."

This was Glenelg's last game before the start of playoffs next week. The Gladiators, Howard County's champions, had a string of eight straight shutouts and had outscored their opponents 61-3 before yesterday.

Because of an illness, South Carroll was missing Jess Naper, who scored both goals in the state championship game last season.

Woodfield switched from forward to Naper's spot at midfield.

"We have a small team to begin with and have had a lot of injuries and illnesses, so we're used to switching positions," Gray said.

Wuenschel, one of three starting seniors for South Carroll, said her team was psyched. "This was Glenelg's senior day and we always say teams schedule teams they think they can beat for senior day."

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