Calvert field hockey player Meagan Greene spent most of Tuesday afternoon planted in front of a goal, waiting for her chance to come. So when the opportunity finally presented itself, Greene didn't hesitate, and she didn't fail.
Greene, shooting from the same spot she had occupied in vain for most of the game, scored with 18 minutes remaining to give the Cavaliers a 1-0 victory over host St. Mary's Ryken in a defensive match.
Calvert improved its record to 5-0 overall, 4-0 in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference. St. Mary's Ryken dropped to 2-2, 1-2.
St. Mary's Ryken had possession for most of the first half, outshooting the Cavaliers, 4-1. At halftime, Calvert Coach Nicole Wilson reminded her team that last year St. Mary's Ryken had defeated the Cavaliers -- and that that loss proved to be the difference when Calvert lost the SMAC regular season title by one game.
The reminder apparently worked, and Calvert controlled the ball for most of the second half.
"Maybe we got a little tired," St. Mary's Ryken Coach Amber Miller said. "We weren't moving to the ball the way we should. We got stalled just as they got going."
Still, Calvert had trouble getting a shot directly on goal. So Greene, a senior who scored seven goals last year, spent most of her time moving toward the ball, then moving back to her assigned spot a few feet in front of the goal, only to watch a St. Mary's Ryken player hit the ball downfield.
"We needed some big hits up the field, big time," Greene said. "They were just over us. They were beating us to balls."
With 18 minutes left, Calvert forward Caitlin Galligan sent a shot toward the goal mouth that eluded the Knights' defenders. Greene was there to convert her third goal of the season.
Galligan "pushed and I just piped it in," Greene said.
The game featured just 10 shots on goal, six of which were by St. Mary's Ryken.
"That's absolutely the best team we've played," Wilson said.
Calvert, however, was not St. Mary's Ryken's toughest opponent, according to Miller.
"They weren't as much of a challenge as Leonardtown was," said Miller, whose team lost, 3-0, to the Raiders on Sept. 23.
Leonardtown is scheduled to play at Calvert on Oct. 21 in both teams' regular season finale. Greene said her team should be up to any challenge.
"I think we're going to go all the way, no doubt," she said. "We can. As long as we keep our heads in the game."
CAPTION: St. Mary's Ryken's Anne Hooper, center, battles Calvert's Hilary Linsenbigler, right, for the ball Tuesday while Ryken's Britt Farrall comes in to assist.