North Point field hockey tops Stone

Ea­gles score three sec­ond­half goals in road win

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By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Just a week ago, the North Point field hockey team suf­fered a 2-1 road loss at the hands of La Plata on a late sec­ond-half goal. Tues­day, it was the Ea­gles pro­vid­ing the sec­ond-half magic.

Trail­ing 2-1 early in the sec­ond half, the Ea­gles scored three unan­swered goals for a 4-2 vic­tory over the Cougars in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Potomac Di­vi­sion con­test.

“We talked at half­time be­cause the first half was kind of slug­gish, so we just wanted to get the team pumped up and come out with a lit­tle

more in­ten­sity,” North Point head coach San­dra Fair said. “We needed it to stay more on of­fense, some­times it doesn’t trans­late, but I think to­day it fi­nally got into their heads that if we kept our sticks down that we would have more scor­ing chances at the goal. This was a big win for us with it be­ing an in-county game. We need to con­tinue to work our tran­si­tion and we will be fine.”

North Point se­nior Syd­ney Jor­dan tied the game at 2 with 17 1/2 min­utes re­main­ing in the sec­ond half. Several min­utes later, ju­nior Ayanna Bell took a long shot from in­side the 16-yard mark and con­verted to give the Ea­gles (2-6, 1-1 SMAC Potomac) a 3-2 lead.

“That goal gave our team an ex­tra boost and put us ahead,” Bell said. “It was a great feel­ing and af­ter that the in­ten­sity went up even more. I’m proud of how we did to­day and I’m glad this fi­nally hap­pen for us.”

With less than three min­utes left, North Point struck again as ju­nior Syd­nie Bealle capped off the scor­ing with her sec­ond goal of the game on a hard shot that hit the back of the cage.

Seven min­utes into the con­test, Bealle scored the first goal of the game in a scram­ble.

“We played a lot stronger to­day and we did well as a team and worked to­gether,” Bealle said. “We had a rough start to the sea­son, but we all started to click as a fam­ily. We want to fin­ish our sea­son real strong.”

Stone (3-5, 3-1) tied the game at 1 at the 18 minute 28 sec­ond mark when Iqura Rehman, who had both of the team’s goals, scored on an as­sist from team­mate An­gela Rogers. The score re­mained the same at half­time.

Rehman gave the Cougars a 2-1 lead in the first seven min­utes of the sec­ond half on a shot that hit the right cor­ner of the cage.

“We had a cou­ple of de­fen­sive break­downs, and North Point had some mo­men­tum in the sec­ond half,” Thomas Stone head coach Re­becca El­bert said. “Our girls played a very tough game and tried their best. We have to work on stop­ping the ball and drives to have a chance against other teams.”

Stone se­nior goal­keeper Calenna Cauley fin­ished seven saves in the los­ing ef­fort and Ea­gles goal­keeper Juli Rosasco added two saves in the win.

North Point is sched­uled to host West­lake at 4 p.m. to­day in an­other di­vi­sion matchup. Stone is sched­uled to host La Plata to­day at 4 p.m.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

North Point’s Jaycee Ver­mil­lion works to drive around Thomas Stone’s Casey Nutter in Tues­day’s 4-2 win in a SMAC Potomac Di­vi­sion field hockey con­test at Thomas Stone High School in Wal­dorf.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

Thomas Stone’s An­gela Rogers goes down field as she is de­fended by North Point’s Syd­nie Bealle, right, and Syd­ney Jor­dan in Tues­day’s SMAC Potomac Di­vi­sion field hockey game at Thomas Stone High School in Wal­dorf. North Point won the con­test 4-2.

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