Tay­lor’s late goal lifts La Plata field hockey over North Point

Tay­lor’s tally pushes War­riors past North Point in field hockey

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

From the mid­dle stages of the first half through the lat­ter part of the sec­ond half of Tues­day evening’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion field hockey con­test, La Plata and North Point were dead­locked at 1 on the score­board.

That would change with 1 minute 38 sec­onds re­main­ing as Madi­son Tay­lor knocked in the even­tual game-win­ning win­ning goal into the back of the cage from a scram­ble in the box to lead La Plata to a 2-1 victory over the vis­it­ing Ea­gles.

About 3 1/2 min­utes ear­lier, the La Plata se­nior took a shot, but North Point se­nior goal­keeper Juli Rosasco made a huge stop to pre­vent the shot at­tempt from get­ting through.

“The game was re­ally tight and the adren­a­line was go­ing and at the end you just have to push your­self,” said Tay­lor, a two-year var­sity for the War­riors. “We wanted this game re­ally bad and we did not want it to go to over­time. We re­al­ized that we had to keep push­ing our­selves and not give up.”

The War­riors avenged last year’s 3-1 loss to the Ea­gles by coun­ter­ing with a win of their own.

“Last year we did not play well against them and that is an­other rea­son we pushed our­selves harder be­cause wanted to win and our goal is to be [di­vi­sion] champions and we want to be the first team to be able to get through to that,” Tay­lor said.

La Plata (3-3-1 over­all, 2-0 SMAC Po­tomac) has won back-to-back con­tests to start di­vi­sion play against county foes, also shut­ting out St. Charles 7-0 on Oct. 20.

For a huge chunk of the sec­ond half Tues­day, the War­riors, who had 13 shots on goal to just 3 for North Point, had pos­ses­sion on their side of the field but could not con­vert on scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. But Tay­lor, who came off a three-goal game in the St. Charles win, was able to fi­nally end the long scor­ing drought between both teams.

“We’ve been re­ally work­ing tran­si­tion­ing the ball and then at­tack­ing in the goal and tak­ing shots,” La Plata head coach Pomie Rad­cliff said. “We did take a lot more shots this game and their goalie had an ex­cel­lent game and we are con­tin­u­ing to work on de­flec­tions and just get­ting your sticks on the ball.”

North Point (1-6, 0-2), which is on a five-game los­ing streak, be­ing shut out in its pre­vi­ous four con­tests en­ter­ing Tues­day, took the lead first in the 12th minute of the game when Syd­nie Bealle pushed a goal through a crowd of La Plata de­fend­ers.

“We played on our de­fense end way too long. We have to work on clear­ing the ball out bet­ter past the 16-yard mark and past the 25 and cre­at­ing our own of­fen­sive tran­si­tion,” North Point head coach San­dra Fair said. “La Plata was very good at stops and pokes and man­aged to keep tak­ing the ball from us. We ended up 75 per­cent of the time on de­fense. We want to work on tak­ing more and more shots, es­pe­cially first touch shots.”

Six min­utes later, La Plata’s Syd­ney Mad­dox scored on an as­sist from Rachel Svites to tie the game at 1.

“We have ev­ery­one back from last year’s team so we have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and this year we have a lot more con­fi­dence and we play re­ally strong de­fen­sively,” Rad­cliff said. “We want to con­tinue to work on our fun­da­men­tals such as stick­work and adding in com­mu­ni­ca­tion. At­tack­ing the goal has been a plus for us and to­day we did a good job of that. We didn’t want to go to over­time to­day and I’m proud of them.”

War­riors goalie Tay­lor Rollins fin­ished with two saves in the win.

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

La Plata se­nior Madi­son Tay­lor, far left cen­ter, cel­e­brates with team­mates Ha­ley Far­rell and Mad­die Moyer af­ter scor­ing the game-win­ning goal with 1 minute 38 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion in Tues­day’s 2-1 win victory over North Point in a SMAC Po­tomac Di­vi­sion field hockey con­test at La Plata High School.

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