South Carroll wins 2nd regional in row for new-mom coach

Cavaliers dump Century, 3-0

N. Carroll ousted, 4-1

Class 2A West field hockey

High Schools

October 31, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

South Carroll coach Erin Soulen pulled a clever surprise that sparked her Cavaliers in yesterday's Class 2A West region final against Century.

Soulen, away since having a baby nearly a month ago, delighted her players by showing up unannounced shortly before the game.

Goals by the clearly fired-up-Kerrie Wuenschel, Allie Armitage and Stephanie Kisic then gave the No. 7 Cavaliers their second straight region title with a 3-0 victory over visiting Century.

The Cavaliers, last year's Class 3A state champion, will meet No. 6 Hereford in the Class 2A state semifinal at 2:45 p.m. Monday at Glen Burnie. Hereford routed Pikesville, 7-0, in the North region final yesterday.

Soulen last worked with South Carroll (15-2) at an Oct. 3 practice. What she thought were merely back pains during that practice proved to be the start of labor, and her son Jake was born the following day.

Hoping to return late in the season, , Soulen got everything cleared after the Cavaliers, being run by Melisa Gray, beat Francis Scott Key in Tuesday's region semifinal. Still not able to drive, Soulen got a ride from her father and took her customary spot in front of the Cavaliers bench yesterday.

"I just showed up," Soulen said with a smile. "I was really worried about them losing focus, but they immediately were right back in the [warm-ups]."

Her players went on to play consistent field hockey against a stubborn Century team.

"We didn't know about [this]," Armitage said. "We were hoping for it. She's such a big part of this team. It's great to have her back, and we've missed her so much."

South Carroll played its typical game, using solid midfield play plus swarming defense and timely offense.

The Cavaliers held a 7-1 advantage in shots over Century (10-5) and rarely let the Knights find scoring chances. At one point, Century got back-to-back penalty corners, but Cavaliers defenders blocked three shots.

Midfielders Kisic, Wuenschel and Jessica Naper helped the Cavaliers keep the ball in the Century end most of the game.

Wuenschel gave South Carroll a 1-0 lead with 15:21 left in the first half, scoring from just inside the circle on a pass from Britt Woodfield. Armitage made it 2-0 by scoring 8:08 into the second half with a Libby Benson assist. Kisic then sealed the victory on a long shot with 7:01 left. Woodfield got her second assist on the play.

Century coach Heather Arnold was happy with how her team's season turned out, especially after going 4-10 last year in the school's first season of competition.

"The program is headed in the right direction," Arnold said. "I think we've put Century on the map."

Bethesda-Chevy Chase 4, North Carroll 1: B-CC scored four unanswered goals to erase a 1-0 deficit and defeat the host Panthers (10-4-1) in the Class 3A West region final. Lucy Vorhees, Sam Riley, Brittany Bates and Alex Hiatt each scored for the Barons, who will play Fallston Monday at Centennial.

Jessica Pickard gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead on a penalty stroke in the fifth minute, but Vorhees evened the score in the 18th minute and Riley put B-CC up for good in the 26th.

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