No. 1 Severna Park stays perfect with win over Roland Park, 3-0

Victory over No. 2 Reds caps grueling weekend

Field hockey

High schools

September 18, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Severna Park field hockey coach Lil Shelton drew a star to distinguish goalie Corinne Manuel's third save yesterday against No. 2 Roland Park.

"It seemed to me she went one way and the stick went the other and the stick got the ball," said Shelton. "[The ball] got deflected at the last minute. She was diving and she put that stick out and got it. That was fantastic."

The rest of Manuel's six saves were pretty good too as the No. 1 Falcons defeated the previously unbeaten Reds, 3-0, at Roland Park's Sally E. Nyborg Field Hockey Invitational yesterday.

"Their goalie was awesome," said Reds forward Daniella Faust. "She wasn't tentative at all. She would play the ball when it came near her. She knew exactly when to go for the ball and she never let it go past her."

For Manuel, who doesn't always face a lot of action in Anne Arundel County league games, this weekend was something to look forward to.

The junior made the most of her time in the spotlight as the Falcons faced probably the three best teams on their schedule - Roland Park, No. 4 South River and St. Stephen's/St. Agnes - within 20 hours.

Manuel shut out all three and has yet to allow a goal this season as the Falcons improved to 5-0.

Friday night, Manuel made 12 saves in a 3-0 win at South River. In yesterday's second game, she saved four shots to preserve a 1-0 win in the Falcons' first meeting with the Saints, the Alexandria, Va., power ranked second in The Washington Post behind Severna Park.

Manuel savors the chance to test her skills against such challenging opponents.

"I really enjoy lots of action in the circle," she said. "My defense is awesome, but sometimes it gets by them and it's wonderful to have that save and that rush of energy, that bang out of the circle."

Manuel's aggressive play went beyond her ability to make saves. She stepped up to upset several Reds scoring opportunities and cleared several balls from the circle before the Reds could shoot.

"She tracks the ball beautifully," Shelton said. "She's always in position. She's on her post when the ball is on the side. I don't think anyone's ever scored between her and the post. She just knows where to be."

The Reds (5-1-1), coming off Friday's 2-1 win over No. 3 St. Paul's, started off strong, but the Falcons scored when their first trip downfield resulted in a penalty corner.

Amanda Himmelheber nailed Tara Gardner's corner pass by Reds goalie Kiley Gray 10 minutes into the game.

"We were just connecting on our passes and making sure we finished," said Himmelheber. "That's all you need."

The Falcons scored again eight minutes later when Ashley Pensyl fed Allison Behringer. Gardner finished off the scoring with a second-half penalty stroke.

Pensyl scored the game-winner against St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (1-1) with 7:03 remaining in the game.

In Roland Park's second game, Miller Hughes scored with three seconds left in regulation to force overtime with defending state Class 3A champion Bethesda-Chevy Chase (1-2-1). Neither team managed an overtime goal and they settled for a 1-1 draw.

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