Semifinal victory routine for Century

Familiar dinner helps Knights dominate

Century 3 Patuxent 0

Field Hockey Class 2A

November 06, 2007|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,Special to The Sun

The Century field hockey team is superstitious, and so when a group of parents offered to prepare a light dinner before last night's Class 2A state semifinal against Patuxent, the Knights politely declined.

The team had met at Panera Bread in Eldersburg before last week's victory over Middletown in the regional final, and it wanted to see if repeating that routine would produce the same good luck.

It worked, as the Knights won, 3-0, over the Panthers at South Carroll, but coach Gayle Taylor was quick to credit a sound offense and steady defense.

Century is headed to the state final in field hockey for the first time since the school opened in 2001. After losing three straight games to end the regular season, the Knights have won four straight in the playoffs by a combined score of 12-1.

"The offense and defense are both clicking, and everybody is picking each other up," said Taylor, whose five-year record at the school is 43-17-6. "We are going to cherish this moment and then practice hard this week. We have to come out this time next week and be just as strong as we were tonight."

Century (11-5) dominated the early part of the game and allowed the Panthers to cross midfield only twice in the first 10 minutes. The Knights' pressure paid off 13 minutes into the game when Kristen Resutek took a pass from Megan Quigg and shot the ball into the near corner for a 1-0 lead.

Resutek leads the Knights with 10 goals this season.

"We are all just so pumped up, and we are coming together as a team, finally," she said. "We have been practicing hard and learning to really work together."

Century had several effective attacks in the second half, but some close-range shots were stopped by Patuxent goalie Becca Portillo. However, Raleigh Cavey received a long pass from Jenn Metzler, and her shot from about 3 yards gave the Knights a 2-0 lead with 18:20 left. The two goals allowed by Patuxent (14-1) equaled the number it gave up the entire season.

Metzler put the game out of reach, scoring on a pass from Cavey for a 3-0 lead with seven minutes left.

"We are just clicking right now," Metzler said.

The Knights play Rising Sun (14-1), which beat Kent Island, 4-0, last night, in the state final Monday at Broadneck.

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