An article in the Oct. 6 Sports section misspelled the name of St. Stephen's/St. Agnes field hockey player Kate Fauth. (Published 10/12/04)

Holton-Arms 1, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes 1

Holton-Arms goalkeeper Samantha Nelson gave the cage a whack just as the St. Stephen's/St. Agnes field hockey team was awarded the only penalty corner in overtime.

Nelson already had allowed a first-half goal, and one more would end the game and leave the fourth-ranked Saints as the only team in the Independent School League with an unbeaten league record. However, the Panthers' defense cleared away the final push and preserved yesterday's 1-1 tie in Bethesda.

"With a team like the Saints, you know that they're going to bring it," said Nelson, who hadn't allowed a goal in the first four games of the season. "You've got to be ready. The whole time I was on my toes, because you knew they were going to bring it all."

The 15-year-old sophomore is used to being put under pressure. She has been a goalie for the U.S. under-16 national team for two years. Starting last year for the Panthers (4-0-1, 3-0-1 ISL) as a freshman, the one thing she didn't have an appreciation for was playing in the hard-fought games against league rivals such as the Saints.

"I guess going into my freshman year, I didn't know what to expect," said Nelson, who made 14 saves yesterday. "This year, I'm more of a veteran and I know when it's going to go down. I'm more prepared this year."

St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (6-2-1, 4-0-1) fell behind 1-0 midway through the first half, but rallied when Kate Fouth tapped the tying goal across the line 5 minutes 18 seconds before halftime.

"They're probably one of the fastest teams we've seen play," Saints Coach Marsha Way said. "Our timing is still not down when we're facing a fast team."

Holton-Arms junior Emily Tiernan scored the first goal of the game with 13:56 left in the first half. But even with Nelson in goal, Tiernan said that playing against the Saints with a one-goal lead is still incredibly difficult.

"It's hard to lose when you have a goalie like Sammie, but [St. Stephen's/St. Anges] is a great team and they play solid hockey," Tiernan said. "It's really intimidating because you don't know if you want to over-commit offensively and go for the 2-0 lead, or if you just want to hang back and risk the 1-1 tie, which unfortunately happened. It just didn't work out."