North County de­feats Meade, 3-0, in field hockey semi­fi­nal

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Bob Hough —Craig Clary, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group Bal­ti­more Sun staff con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

North County’s field hockey team picked a good time to get back on track.

After a four-game los­ing streak, the Knights opened the play­offs with a 3-0 vic­tory over Meade on Thurs­day in a Class 4A North Re­gion Sec­tion II semi­fi­nal.

North County (7-5), which is the top seed in the sec­tion, will host the No. 2 seed, Old Mill, in Mon­day’s sec­tion fi­nal.

“We had some re­ally good prac­tices and some re­ally good fo­cus,” North County coach Kelsey Bon­ner said. “We changed our play to their style and the girls just re­ally fo­cused. We played re­ally good team de­fense and team of­fense.”

The Knights dropped a 2-0 de­ci­sion to Meade (3-10) on Oct. 13 as part of their four-game los­ing streak head­ing into the play­offs. Kait­lyn Smith scored two goals and Mary-Kate Alt added one for North County, which recorded its fifth shutout of the year.

Smith opened the scor­ing late in the first half when she grabbed con­trol of a loose ball after Kayla Patti’s shot was stopped by Meade goalie Alexis Beatty. There was a scram­ble , but Smith some­how con­trolled the ball and put it past Beatty.

The Knights had to de­fend three Meade penalty cor­ners in the first eight min­utes of the sec­ond half. The Mus­tangs didn’t gen­er­ate much off the first two, then Patti made a nice de­fen­sive play to clear the cir­cle.

Meade’s Kristi King cre­ated a chance mid­way through the half, but Brea Weiss kicked aside her shot.

The Knights got the sec­ond goal just min­utes after Weiss’ stop when Smith cre­ated a chance for her­self and scored.

North County put the game away 10 min­utes later when Alt scored off a feed from Patti on a penalty cor­ner for the fi­nal mar­gin.

“I can’t wait to play again on Mon­day,” Smith said. “I’m go­ing to give it my all, and hope­fully we’ll win that one, too, and keep go­ing with our sea­son.”

Weiss fin­ished with three saves, and the North County de­fense played much bet­ter than the meet­ing two weeks ago when Meade scored a pair of first-half goals on the way to the win.

CATONSVILLE6, PERRYHALL0: Al­li­son Camp­bell scored four goals and Brit­tany Stevens had three as­sists to lead the host Comets (9-6) to a vic­tory over the Ga­tors (5-7) in a Sec­tion I semi­fi­nal of the Class 4A North Re­gion.

Ca­tonsville will play at Dulaney on Kristi King, left, pushes to the goal against North County’s Kait­lyn Smith dur­ing Meade’s fifth shutout of the sea­son. Mon­day in the sec­tion fi­nal.

EDGE­WOOD 1, ABERDEEN 0: Hai­ley Fisher had the game-win­ner to lift the host Rams (7-5) over the Ea­gles (6-5) in a Class 3A North Sec­tion II semi­fi­nal.

RIVER HILL 9, OAK­LAND MILLS 0: Gaby Ham­burger and Cristina Sco­laro scored three goals each to power the host Hawks (11-4) past the Scor­pi­ons (2-9) in a Class 2A East Sec­tion I semi­fi­nal.

BEL AIR 1, C. MIL­TON WRIGHT 0: Anna

NO. 3 ATHOLTON D. OAK­LAND MILLS, 3-0: Sam Miller, Lisa Zoch and Brooke Ma­son each had eight kills to lead the host Raiders (10-4) past the Scor­pi­ons (5-8). Atholton won, 25-13, 25-17, 25-10. NO. 4 ST. PAUL’S D. ARCH­BISHOP SPALD­ING, 3-0: The Ga­tors com­pleted a 12-0 league record in the In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land A Con­fer­ence and claimed the No. 1 seed in the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment.

St. Paul’s (14-1-1) beat the Cava­liers (11-6, 10-2), 25-19, 26-24, 25-19. Jala Tucker had 20 kills, Monet Peo­ples had 11 kills and Mor­gan Hill had 30 as­sists for the Ga­tors.

NO. 5 ARUN­DEL D NOTRE DAME PREP, 3-0: Ali­cia El­dredge had 23 as­sists and Kiera Holtz­claw had eight kills to lead the Wild­cats (12-2) past the host Blaz­ers (9-8), 25-21, 25-23, 25-16.

HAR­FORD TECH D. BEL AIR, 3-1: Bethany Bishop had six kills and Tori Grubowski had nine as­sists as the host Co­bras (5-8) beat the Bob­cats (3-9), 25-21, 12-25, 25-23, 25-14.

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