C.M. Wright is stopped short, 1-0

Field hockey

High Schools

November 10, 2005|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

It was the kind of goal C. Milton Wright's field hockey team plans to score sometime soon in a big game, but in last night's Class 4A state semifinal, it was Springbrook's turn.

With 21:57 left in the second half, senior Jacquie King finished off a perfectly executed penalty corner to give the Blue Devils of Montgomery County a 1-0 win over the No. 15 Mustangs at South River High.

Springbrook (14-2) will meet defending state champion and No. 3 South River in the title game at 7 p.m. Monday in College Park. The Seahawks advanced to the final with a 1-0 win Monday over Winston Churchill.

In the 2003 season, South River also was the defending titlist as it went up against and lost to Springbrook in the semifinals. The Blue Devils went on to capture their first state crown.

Last night for the Mustangs, who were making their second straight semifinal appearance and finished with a 13-3-1 record, it was a case of not being at the right place at the right time in the scoring arc. They could only muster one shot on goal - that coming late in the game in an attempt to draw even - that Springbrook goalie Avian Spiller turned away.

"Everybody gave 100 percent and that's all I can ask," said first-year coach Dana Ferguson, who was an assistant coach last season. "Springbrook was an aggressive team, and sometimes someone wants it a little more and they were able to get the goal."

It was King who had the initial hit on the game-winning penalty corner that came from the right side. The ball was passed around the scoring arc to the other side and to Leah Arthur, who sent the ball in across to a waiting King, who tapped it in from the same right post of the cage.

C. Milton Wright had five penalty corners, but was unable to connect. Mary Waller and Erin Flaherty had shots go wide in the second half.

Ferguson, who turned 24 on Saturday, emphasized she couldn't ask for anything more from her group.

"I have a team that wants to work hard and wants to win," she said. "You can't ask for anything more than that. Now, we have to maintain that with the younger players coming up."

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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