North County defeats Meade, 3-0, in field hockey semifinal
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.
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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.
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BEL AIR 1, C. MILTON WRIGHT 0: Anna
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