Tay­lor’s over­time goal pro­pels La Plata field hockey to 2A South fi­nal

Tay­lor’s game win­ner lifts War­riors over Calvert, to 2A South fi­nal

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

Af­ter 63 min­utes 5 sec­onds of score­less play Mon­day in the Class 2A South Re­gion Sec­tion I cham­pi­onship, the La Plata field hockey team de­cided that enough was enough.

On a cor­ner at­tempt, se­nior Rachel Svites fired a pass to­ward se­nior team- mate Madi­son Tay­lor, who slid a shot past goal­keeper Kar­leigh Lister to pro­pel the War­riors to a 1-0 over­time vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Calvert Cava­liers.

La Plata (9-5-1 over­all), the sec­tion’s top seed, ad­vances to the 2A South cham­pi­onship game where it will take on host Kent Is­land of Queen Anne’s County at 3:30 p.m. to­day. Kent Is­land de­feated Park­side of Wi­comico County, 2-0, in Mon­day’s Sec­tion II fi­nal.

“We ac­tu­ally never scored on a cor­ner be­fore, it’s some­thing that we work on in prac­tice,” said Tay­lor, who scored the goal with 6 min­utes 55 sec­onds left in the over­time pe­riod, which con­sisted of a 10-minute, sud­den-vic­tory for­mat with each team play­ing with just seven play­ers. “The last time we played [Calvert] we tied (2-2 on Sept. 9), so we didn’t know how it was go­ing to go. This is re­ally ex­cit­ing to be in the re­gion fi­nal.”

Fol­low­ing the goal, Tay­lor’s team­mates joined her at the crease in cel­e­bra­tion.

“At first I was sup­pose to hit it in the goal, but missed it so I drib­bled in and passed it Tay­lor and she hit it in,” Svites said. “Kent Is­land is re­ally good, but we are go­ing to try our hard­est and ad­vance to states.”

Mon­day’s con­test was a de­fen­sive stale­mate as there were lim­ited scor­ing

op­por­tu­ni­ties on each side and nei­ther team was in com­plete con­trol. Both teams had sev­eral shots through­out the game get close to the cage, but the at­tempts ei­ther went wide or were stopped on stick saves.

“We knew the game against Calvert was go­ing to be neck and neck again,” said La Plata head coach Pomie Rad­cliff, whose team de­feated fourth-seeded St. Charles 6-0 in Thurs­day’s sec­tion semi­fi­nals. “It’s been a long time that we’ve been in the re­gional fi­nal, so this is great for the girls. We kept telling them that if they be­lieve in them­selves that they can do any­thing. We’ve been work­ing on a lot on our cor­ners and it was nice to see us score on a goal on that.”

Calvert (6-5-2) shut out third-seeded Thomas Stone 5-0 in the sec­tion semi­fi­nals on Thurs­day to reach Mon­day’s sec­tion fi­nal.

“On that last play we got a lit­tle bit out of po­si­tion there, but the girls played hard and I thought we played one of our best games of the sea­son,” Calvert head coach Dawn Lister said. “We played strong and phys­i­cal and so was La Plata. We were evenly matched, they just got lucky and got the goal in.”

On her team’s sea­son, Lister said, “We got bet­ter as the sea­son went on and re­ally im­proved. We played in a very tough [Ch­e­sa­peake] Divi­sion, but to­day we played all out we just came up short.”

La Plata goalie Tay­lor Rollins fin­ished with five saves to help pre­serve the shutout, while the younger Lister col­lected two saves in the los­ing ef­fort for Calvert.

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

Team­mates rush to mid­field af­ter se­nior Madi­son Tay­lor scored the game-win­ning goal in La Plata’s 1-0 over­time vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Calvert Cava­liers in Mon­day’s Class 2A South Re­gion Sec­tion I fi­nal. The War­riors will ad­vance to to­day’s re­gional fi­nal to take on host Kent Is­land.

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

Se­nior Madi­son Tay­lor shoots the even­tual game-win­ning goal in over­time to lead the La Plata War­riors to the 1-0 win over the vis­it­ing Calvert Cava­liers in Mon­day’s’s Class 2A South Re­gion Sec­tion I fi­nal.

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