In some Nov. 8 editions, a Sports article incorrectly identified the goalkeeper who played for Churchill High School in the previous day's Maryland 4A field hockey semifinal against South River. The goalkeeper was sophomore Teryn Hann, not Cori Solomon. (Published 11/11/2005)
Severna Park is going back to the Maryland field hockey state final for the 12th time since 1992 after winning in overtime, 3-2, over North Carroll yesterday at Howard High School.
Severna Park senior midfielder Jill Puffenbarger received a crossing pass from Allison Behringer and made her shot count, placing it in the goal for the game winner with 2 minutes 40 seconds left in the first six-on-six overtime period.
"It was incredible," Puffenbarger said. "The ball just came in front of me, and I shot it hoping that someone would put it in or it would go in, and it hit the corner."
Severna Park Coach Lil Shelton, who's won 14 state titles at the school, didn't think the Falcons were playing to their potential in the first half and made a halftime speech telling her kids to come with "their 'A' game."
The Falcons got their first goal from leading scorer sophomore Hayley Rausch (34 goals on the season) with 25 minutes 20 seconds to play in the second half. Mandy Pickard, Carroll's leading scorer with 16 goals, answered for Carroll at 14:28 and then put the Panthers up with a second goal a little more than five minutes later.
The Falcons battled back with a goal from Rausch with 6:28 to play in regulation, but the game looked in doubt for the Falcons during overtime as Falcons goalkeeper Corinne Manuel was called for batting at the ball with her hands, a penalty that allowed Carroll a penalty stroke.
"I was just thinking, better a stroke than a goal," said Manuel. "I just thought I'm going to put everything behind this. I gotta get it out. We can't lose."
Her strategy worked as she studied Pickard's body language before the penalty stroke and dove right, making the save, and giving Puffenbarger the chance to score later.
"We're going to win this year. This is our year," said Manuel, referring to the Falcons' overtime loss against Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the state final last season. "It's not going to happen this year. No overtime. All the way."
Pocomoke ended Poolesville's bid for a fourth straight state final appearance by defeating the Falcons, 2-1, in a Maryland 1A state semifinal game at Glen Burnie. Senior forward Jamey Brittingham scored both goals for the Warriors, who will be playing in their fifth straight state final and aiming for their third consecutive title against the winner of tomorrow's second semifinal between Elkton and Rising Sun.
Pocomoke freshman goalie Sarah Scher had 15 saves and impressed Coach Susan Pusey.
"She had an extremely nice game for us," Pusey said. "We couldn't have asked for anything better."
Kristin Pepper scored the winner with 27 seconds remaining as Parkside beat Middletown, 2-1, in the 2A semifinals at South River High, ending the Knights' shot at an undefeated season.
With time winding down, Pepper capped off a Parkside (13-3) breakaway by corralling a ball that deflected off a defender's stick and firing it past goalie Taylor McCarty.
Middletown, which was in search of its first state title since 1991, scored with 5:35 left in the first half on a goal by Colleen McCarrick. Staked to a 1-0 lead at halftime, the Knights (15-1) appeared to be in control until Parkside's Kaitlin Bailey tied it with 13:05 left.
"We're never really played a team like this before," Middletown Coach Sue Schneider said. "They're faster than anyone we've ever played. I think we tried to take the pace down to what we wanted. I think we did a good job of that. That goal there at the end was just one of those crazy little Ping-Pong things, but that's the way the game is played."
In the 4A semifinals, Melissa Bierley scored on South River's first shot to lead the Seahawks to a 1-0 victory over Churchill.
South River (15-3-1) plays the C.M. Wright-Springbrook winner on Monday in search of its second straight title. The Seahawks drew their first penalty corner early in the first half and took advantage of the opportunity when midfielder Molly Gregoire flicked the inbound pass over to Bierley for the score.
From there, South River's defense continued its masterful postseason play, stopping a number of Churchill (12-4) scoring opportunities late in the game. Sophomore goalie Virginia Jorden finished with seven saves. Churchill goalie Cori Solomon had 11 saves.
"With Virginia being a first-year goalie, we talked about being very strong defensively; not letting team's get shots off," South River Coach Katie Corcoran said.