Dud­ley tips the bal­ance for Owls

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Pat Stoet­zer

Sixty min­utes couldn’t set­tle Tues­day’s field hockey game be­tween host Manch­ester Val­ley and West­min­ster, so the Car­roll County ri­vals went at it for an ad­di­tional 10. And maybe a minute more. West­min­ster’s Emily Dud­ley fin­ished a penalty-cor­ner try af­ter time ex­pired in over­time to lift the Owls past the Mav­er­icks, 3-2, a win that kept her team un­beaten in county play.

“I know that [coach Katie] Cor­son had said that if we’re tired we need to be hon­est about it, so we can get fresh legs in there,” a tired Dud­ley said af­ter­ward. “But I think the ma­jor­ity of us re­ally just had the heart to­day and wanted to go out and beat them. ... Re­ally, it came down to de­ter­mi­na­tion and heart.”

Dud­ley’s game-win­ner came af­ter the ball crossed through the cir­cle on a pass from ju­nior Chloe Sankovich to sopho­more Haleigh Moore. Mav­er­icks goalie Ja­cie Wood darted out to cut off the an­gle, and she charged af­ter Moore just as the two met at the ball.

Moore, who had three as­sists Tues­day, was able to get around Wood, who had gone to the ground to make a save, and sent the ball back to­ward the cage, where Dud­ley was wait­ing.

West­min­ster (7-3, 3-0 county) cel­e­brated on the field af­ter com­ing out on top of a long, back-and-forth con­test, while Man Val­ley (6-3, 2-1) played in its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive over­time game.

The Mav­er­icks hadn’t played since Sept. 22, when they edged South Car­roll, 2-1, but se­nior mid­fielder Meghan Har­mon gave her team a 1-0 lead less than seven min­utes in when she ripped a shot past Owls goalie Lau­ren Jenne off a penal­ty­corner at­tempt. Dud­ley, a se­nior for­ward, tied the game less than seven min­utes later, and the score stood at 1-1 at half­time.

Moore found ju­nior for­ward Alli Zim­mer­man near the cage with 20:26 re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion, and Zim­mer­man knocked in a goal from close range to put the Owls ahead. But Har­mon, who draws de­fen­sive at­ten­tion be­cause of her hard, ac­cu­rate shot, brought the Mavs even af­ter she sent a back­handed drive into West­min­ster’s cage with 11:04 to go.

The game re­mained tied, and both teams had chances with the over­time rules that give play­ers more room to run (seven play­ers per side, in­clud­ing goalies).

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