Rising Sun eclipses Glenelg's season, 2-1

Last-minute goal ends hopes for first state title

Class 2A field hockey semifinals

High Schools

November 04, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The good news for Glenelg is that the Gladiators graduate only four seniors.

The bad news is that the Gladiators lost to Rising Sun of Cecil County in the Class 2A state semifinals yesterday at Severna Park, 2-1.

It took a goal with 11 seconds left to end Glenelg's dream of its first state title.

The game-winning goal was scored by Rising Sun's leading scorer Ashley Meehan (14 goals, three assists) and with overtime expected, the shot took nearly everyone by surprise.

"Erin Covert, our center midfielder, crossed it to the circle and I shot it from the stroke line as the goalkeeper came out and it went through her legs to the right post," Meehan said. "I was pretty surprised when I heard it hit the back, because all I saw was the goalkeeper. It happened so fast their defenders were all out of position."

Glenelg defender Bailey Sheridan said: "Everyone thought the person in front of them was going to get it."

Glenelg goalkeeper Aly Blum said: "There was a defender in front of her [Meehan's] stick, so I didn't see it coming."

No. 11 Glenelg (15-2-1) had given up only four goals and had 13 shutouts while scoring 78 goals before yesterday's defeat.

"I'll miss our seniors," said junior forward and team-leading scorer Amanda Yanulevich [20 goals, seven assists]. "We wanted it [state title] really bad this year and we'll want it even more next year. I enjoyed this year so much. It was a blast. This team was awesome."

The Gladiators lost to a Rising Sun team (12-4) that had scored 34 goals and allowed eight goals, and that was rebuilt after it had graduated 11 seniors from last season's Class 1A state championship team.

"We played tentatively," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid, a 27-year veteran whose lifetime record at Glenelg is 233-117-21. "We didn't move the ball well, something we had been doing well all season. I think we were a little wowed to be here and never got over that. We played not to lose."

Rising Sun's Kristen Miller scored the first goal with 14:27 left in the first half, firing a shot off the pads of Blum into the left corner. Jessica Harris was credited with an assist.

"I had a girl to my left and just put my stick in front of hers and swiped it in from the stroke line," Miller said. "Glenelg was a rough team, using their elbows a lot, but they were fast and had good passing skills. In the second half we dominated, kept it at their end and pounded the goalkeeper."

Glenelg rallied to tie on a penalty stroke by Megan Silas with 25:05 left in the half. The Gladiators were awarded the stroke after a Rising Sun defender illegally blocked a potential goal. Silas hit her goal to the upper right corner.

Rising Sun had nine penalty corners to four for Glenelg, and outshot the Gladiators 7-5.

"They had good stops and strong drives," Yanulevich said. "They outplayed us, I think."

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