Glenelg rolls into final

Field Hockey Class 1a State Semifinals

November 04, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Glenelg is hoping the fourth time will be the charm.

Alyssa Parker scored three goals to help the No. 9 Gladiators roll to a 6-0 victory over Patterson Mill in a Class 1A state semifinal last night at Broadneck. Glenelg made state championship games in 1979, 2004 and 2006 but lost in each one.

This title game won't be any easier as Glenelg (14-2-1) meets five-time defending state champion Pocomoke (15-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday at Washington College. Pocomoke scored a 3-1 victory over Kent County in last night's other state semifinal and has allowed only four goals this season.

"I think it will be fun," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid, who has been at the helm for 32 years. "They're up for the challenge."

Glenelg didn't have too much trouble against Patterson Mill (7-8), a Harford County team in just its first year of varsity competition. The Gladiators pressured the Huskies throughout, and their great speed and stickwork caused too much trouble.

Three of the team's six goals came off fast breaks and let Glenelg finish with a 19-1 advantage in shots. Patterson Mill got its only shot in the second half when the game was long gone.

The Gladiators took command when Mary Kate Olson scored 4:30 into the game. Lauriann Parker (Alyssa's older sister) added another 30 seconds later to give Glenelg a quick 2-0 lead.

"We were really fired up [early]," said Alyssa Parker, a freshman. "We always try to go [hard] early and often."

Parker scored with 4:51 left in the first half. Olson got her second goal with 1:18 remaining for a 4-0 halftime lead. Parker scored both of Glenelg's second-half goals, as the young Patterson Mill team that has no seniors wouldn't quit.

But giving up the two early goals proved too much for the Huskies to overcome.

"They always play hard," Patterson Mill coach Shannon Troyer said. "They never let me down. We just made a couple of young mistakes early."

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