Hereford eliminates S. Carroll in shootout

McCarty's big save, Dulin's game-winner send Bulls to final vs. Rising Sun

2A field hockey semifinals

High Schools

November 04, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Heading into a field hockey shootout can be pretty nervewracking even for veteran high school players, but Hereford sophomores Amanda McCarty and Allison Dulin showed nothing but grace under pressure yesterday.

McCarty made a diving save and Dulin nailed the game-winner to give the No. 6 Bulls a 4-2 shootout win over No. 7 South Carroll after the two had dueled to a 1-1 double-overtime draw in a state Class 2A semifinal at Glen Burnie High School.

The Bulls, who shared state titles in 1998 and 2001, will face Rising Sun for the Class 2A crown Saturday at 11 a.m. at the new Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex at the University of Maryland.

Yesterday, Hereford (16-1-1) dominated much of regulation but needed a stellar performance in the shootout to get past the Cavaliers (15-3), last year's state Class 3A champs.

"Hereford had phenomenal strokes," said Cavaliers coach Erin Soulen. "Every stroke was gorgeous and it hit the corner. Usually on a stroke, the goalie's not going to save it if it's good. It's just guesswork."

McCarty, however, guessed correctly when she dove to her right to stop Stephanie Kisic's shot headed for the low corner. That save preserved a 3-1 Bulls lead and set up Dulin's game-winner three strokes later.

"The goalie never knows where the shot's going," said McCarty. "They want to go for the corners pretty much. I watched the ball and I knew I could get it, so I just followed it.

McCarty, who started the season on JV, played the first half but gave way to junior Mandy Polley for the second half and overtime. Still, Hereford coach Tammy Mundie planned all along to use McCarty in the event of a shootout.

"Amanda doesn't have the experience that Mandy has. She doesn't have the form yet," said Mundie. "She's a little wild. She really doesn't have any rhyme or reason to the way she saves something. She just reacts, and that's what we need on strokes."

The Bulls also needed scoring, and they got plenty of that, starting with Samantha Sebastian, who stepped to the line first. Kerrie Wuenschel answered for the Cavaliers. Krista Wisner and Becky Sebastian hit the next two Hereford shots, while McCarty stopped Kim Dorsey and Kisic to put the Bulls up 3-1.

Hereford's Krissy Carls was disqualified for taking two steps before her shot when only one is allowed. Allie Armitage kept the Cavaliers in the game with a shot in the air at McCarty, who leaned into it and fell on it, but the ball still crossed the goal line.

Dulin then stepped to the line, knowing that with a 3-2 lead and just one Cavaliers stroker left, she could seal the win. She hit the high left corner over goalie Erinn Sheridan's stick.

"We've been practicing, and I knew my spot," said Dulin. "That's the perfect spot, the A-plus spot. It's the goalie's stick side not glove. She can't get the high top shot."

The Cavaliers also had some stellar performances, especially from Kisic, who controlled her side of the midfield, and Rachel Graham, whose defensive play kept South Carroll in the game during the second overtime.

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