Garrison Forest and No. 9 Archbishop Spalding play to 0-0 overtime tie

Both teams have chances, but can not finish

September 17, 2010|By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun

Between intermittent raindrops No. 9 Archbishop Spalding and Garrison Forest competed up and down the hockey field, but neither team could finish what it started and had to settle for an 0-0 overtime tie.

It wasn't that neither team had chances. Each side did. But no one could find the finishing touch.

"We knew it would be an even match," said Spalding goalie Melissa Rize, who was under pressure most of the first half and made seven saves, the last one a foot save in overtime on a long-range power shot by sophomore Geagy Pritchard with 18 seconds to play.

"The last one was the best one," Rize said. "They had such strong momentum, but our team got out on the corner and I just had to make the little kick save to get it out of there."

Garrison Forest coach Traci Davis said she was pleased with the game. She has just three starters back from last year's IAAM A Conference regular-season champion and was happy to see that her young squad — led by Pritchard and another sophomore, Brooke Adler — was able to create scoring opportunities.

"They're coming together just the way they should be," said Davis, whose team is 3-2-1 overall and 0-2-1 in the IAAM A Conference. "We dominated much of the first half and just couldn't convert our chances."

One of the best chances of the day was created by Spalding junior forward Kendall Garden and senior forward Andrea Scardina. Those two broke open in the attacking portion of the field with 5:20 to play in regulation.

Driving hard on the two-on-one break, they drew Garrison goalie Candice Fisher out of the net and beat her. But then, looking at the open net, they could not maneuver the ball to get off a shot.

"We started slow, as we seem to do in each game, and then became almost dominant in the last 10 minutes and in the second half," said Spalding coach Leslee Brady, whose team is 5-2-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the IAAM.

"Our goalie [Rize] is a sophomore and she's wonderful. She stopped two penalty shots against Broadneck and made all the necessary saves today. We haven't given up many goals, but we haven't been able to score many either."

sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

Saves: GF—Fisher, Kuntz 7; S—Rize, 7.

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