Catonsville shuts door on Towson

Comets stay unbeaten in county, hold off late attack by Generals

Catonsville 1 No. 10 Towson 0

Field hockey

October 03, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN REPORTER

Catonsville's field hockey team used a little bit of offense and a whole lot of defense to orchestrate a 1-0 victory over No. 10 Towson yesterday in a battle of teams unbeaten in Baltimore County league play.

Shelby Polk scored on a crossing pass from Abby Sneeringer early in the second half.

Then the Comets took a staunch defensive stand in the final eight minutes when Towson, which managed just one shot in the first 52 minutes, maintained nearly constant pressure on their scoring circle.

Catonsville goalie Katie Winters made four saves and Jackie Reymann blocked a shot during that stretch as the host Comets improved to 4-0 in the county's tough Heron Division and 9-1 overall.

"That was probably the most intense time in front of the goal on defense so far this season," Reymann said.

At one point, Winters blocked the ball with her glove for about 15 seconds. The Generals called for a penalty stroke, but the official said the ball remained playable.

"She had her glove straight up and down," Reymann said, "and the forwards on the other team kept calling for a stroke, because when the goalie covers the ball, it's a stroke, but she just had her glove there as a wall. She saved that goal."

The Generals (9-2, 3-1) had seven of their eight penalty corners in the final eight minutes - six in the final 3:13 - but couldn't get anything past the solid Comets defense led by Winters, Reymann, Melissa Garrett and Amanda Frick.

"Too little, too late with offense," Towson coach Holly West said. "I told my girls I was very proud of the way they played down the stretch. They played with a lot of intensity. They had a lot of opportunities. We just can't wait until the 11th hour when we're running out of time."

Coach P.J. Harrison's Comets are now tied for first place in the Heron Division with Loch Raven (8-0, 4-0).

The two will meet Oct. 12 on Catonsville's new artificial turf field.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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