Loch Raven turns back Catonsville in shootout

Raiders goalie Kyne steps up in crunch time

No. 13 Loch Raven 2 No. 9 Catonsville 1

Field hockey

October 13, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun reporter

Loch Raven goalie Kirsten Kyne had a pretty good idea where Catonsville's Jackie Reymann was going to place her penalty stroke in last night's field hockey shootout.

The keeper reached out to her right and deflected Reymann's stroke with her stick, securing a 2-1 edge in the shootout and a victory for the No. 13 Raiders in a game that was tied 1-1 after two overtime periods.

"I felt she was going to go stick side," Kyne said, "so I just tried as hard as I could and reached my stick out there. I watched it on my stick and watched it go out. Great feeling."

Alexa Demski and Lindsey Ferris scored for the visiting Raiders in the shootout, but Kyne was the center of their celebration after their third shootout win this season.

Kyne saved three of the Comets' shots in the shootout, allowing only one goal to Becca Reymann. She made 11 saves in the previous 80 minutes of play.

The victory, which dealt No. 9 Catonsville its first loss in Baltimore County's tough Heron Division, was a bit of a consolation prize for the Raiders (10-2, 5-2 division), who were already mathematically eliminated from the county championship game.

"This is like our county championship," Kyne said. "It means the world to us. We wanted it more than anything we've ever wanted before, and it's just so gratifying."

The Comets (11-2, 6-1) will advance to next week's county title game against Towson (11-2, 5-1), which is scheduled to play its season finale this morning at Perry Hall. If Towson were to lose today, the Generals and the Raiders would finish 5-2, but Towson won the head-to-head matchup, which breaks the tie.

During much of last night's game, Catonsville had the upper hand. The Comets outshot Loch Raven, 18-5, in regulation and, 3-0, in overtime. Abby Sneeringer gave the Comets an early lead, but Kyne held off the pressure and Julie Penhallegon tied the score four minutes into the second half.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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