Lackey shuts out West­lake, ad­vances to 1A South sec­tion fi­nal

Tan­ner’s lone goal lifts Charg­ers to play­off win

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

When ju­nior mid­fielder Hay­ley Tan­ner scored to give the Lackey field hockey team a 1-0 lead over West­lake in Wed­nes­day evening’s Class 1A South Re­gion Sec­tion II semi­fi­nals, the game was far from over.

Twenty-three min­utes of play re­mained and of­fered West­lake

more than enough time to press the Charg­ers de­fense and threaten to equal­ize.

But af­ter Tan­ner’s goal, it was sec­ond-seeded Lackey which did more of the threat­en­ing. It proved that the best de­fense is a solid of­fense and held on for the one-goal vic­tory over the third-seeded Wolver­ines in In­dian Head.

“I think we have a lot of po­ten­tial to score. We just have to fin­ish our shots and get the ball in there,” said Tan­ner, who scored her sec­ond goal of the sea­son. “West­lake’s de­fense was strong, but we came back stronger and

when I shot the ball was slow roller at the back of the cage. With all the prac­tices that we’ve had this sea­son now it is time to show it as a team.”

With the win, Lackey (6-6-1 over­all), which had two starters out for the game, ad­vances to the sec­tion fi­nal to face SMAC cham­pion and top-seed Patux- ent (13-0) on Mon­day in Lusby. Patux­ent shut out fourth-seed McDonough 15-0 in Wednes- day’s other sec­tion semi­fi­nal matchup.

“Tan­ner is so ver­sa­tile,” Lack- ey head coach Samantha DeNardo said. “Be­ing ag­gres­sive is what got her that goal. She goes for that ball and never stops, she is per­sis­tent and that is what led to the goal.”

The Charg­ers de­feated West- lake 4-0 in a reg­u­lar sea­son meet­ing on Oct. 4, but it was a much closer out­come this time in the play­off matchup.

“I feel that we bounce back in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions. It’s just about learn­ing a new po­si­tion quickly, be­ing able to re­act and per­form on the field,”DeNardo said. “With that be­ing said, we are there we just have to play as a team. We have to learn our posi- tions so that we can be suc­cess- ful, that’s the key for us right now. We have been do­ing re­ally well and I’m proud of them for step­ping up we have about six of these girls that haven’t played field hockey be­fore.”

Lackey dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion as the ball, but both de­fens-

es played strong through­out and the game was a de­fen­sive stale­mate with Tan­ner’s tally break­ing the stale­mate and later stand­ing as the game’s lone goal.

While Lackey wasn’t able to ex­e­cute on the of­fen­sive end, it held West­lake to just one shot on goal for the en­tire game.

“It was a hard game. We had some in­juries and were play­ing down,” Lackey ju­nior for­ward J’lah Wat­son said. “We pulled through to­day, but we have to step it 10 times more ver­sus Patux­ent be­cause they are real- ly good. We have to bring it all to the field and show what we can do.”

West­lake (2-11) was lim­ited in its of­fen­sive op­por­tu­ni­ties but

it had a strong de­fen­sive show­ing led by se­nior goalie Al­itzah Parker with nine saves.

“Well it was a lit­tle dis­cour­ag­ing be­cause we lost to them twice this sea­son and the girls re­ally wanted to come out and get re­venge on them,” said West­lake head coach Tay­lor Flee­gle, a 2009 Patux­ent grad­u­ate. “We were able to hold them to 0-0 at half­time. They scored about eight min­utes into the sec­ond half and we just couldn’t tie it up. Lackey kept pos­ses­sion more than did. But over­all it was a good sea­son and the girls are go­ing miss play­ing.”

Lackey ju­nior goal­keeper Katie Wil­lett saved one shot in the shutout.

PHOTO BY JERRY BALLENGEE Lackey ju­nior mid­fielder Hay­ley Tan­ner, right, bat­tles for pos­ses­sion ver­sus West­lake, along­side Lackey’s J’lah Wat­son, left, as Lackey’s Kira Thompson looks on in Wed­nes­day’s Class 1A South Sec­tion II semi­fi­nal field hockey con­test. Tan­ner scored the lone goal of the game in the sec­ond half as Lackey won 1-0

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