L. Reach routs Centennial in regional semifinals, 5-2

Filipowicz has three goals as Lightning dominates

Class 3A East field hockey

October 29, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

We believe. That's the mantra the Long Reach field hockey team is following this season.

And the Lightning made a believer out of Centennial yesterday, trouncing the Eagles, 5-2, in the Class 3A East regional semifinals at Long Reach.

The Lightning (11-5) will play Thursday at Severna Park, a 2-0 winner over River Hill yesterday.

"We believe in our team, our coach and our skills," said Kelly Filipowicz, a sophomore forward who scored three goals, including the tying and go-ahead goals after Centennial (12-4) jumped to a 1-0 lead on Sara Siegel's goal with 21:49 left in the first half.

Siegel's goal served to ignite the Lightning, which pressured Centennial's defense the rest of the half before finally getting the tying goal with 1:53 left on a straight shot by Filipowicz from just inside the circle on the right side.

"After their first goal, I thought, they can't get anymore," said Long Reach sophomore sweeper Kim Baker. "You just push yourself to play harder."

Long Reach, which had beaten the Eagles, 3-2, in overtime in a regular-season game, expected another close game but stunned Centennial by dominating the second half, including scoring three goals within a five-minute span.

Filipowicz started the second-half scoring off a perfect cross by Meghan Dwyer, Long Reach's fastest player, who had carried the ball 60 yards down the left side. Filipowicz beat her defender and shot from the right side with 26:45 left.

Tiffany Trask continued the onslaught by scoring with 26:12 left following a free hit.

Ann Chen, a freshman forward recently promoted from JV, scored on a rebound off the goalkeeper with 21:35 left. That made it 4-1. Chen had one goal and two assists.

Filipowicz scored her third goal and her team's fifth with 11:21 left, after the Lightning impressively strung together five passes.

Brooke Zeitler scored Centennial's second goal with 1:53 to play.

"You have to give them credit," said Centennial coach Gail Purcell. "They beat us to balls and scored a couple of pretty goals. They were big, strong and had quick feet and played a hit-and-run style that we found hard to stop. We're young and I think we were intimidated by their sticks."

Long Reach outshot Centennial 17-12 and had six penalty corners to four. Lightning sophomore goalkeeper Molly Pope made five saves.

"Our support passing was tremendous," said Lightning coach Melissa Lennon. "We really backed each other up."

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