Calvert earns big win
Cavaliers hold off Hurricanes for victory
Truth be told, Maria Yeatman felt a little bit of pressure when she and her Calvert Cavaliers teammates took the field to play Huntingtown in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Chesapeake Division field hockey game on Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m a sophomore on the varsity team as goalie. I don’t want to let anyone down,” Yeatman said after playing just her second varsity game in goal. “It was really important to me to kick all the shots out. ... Every time I kicked the ball out and it went out so much weight lifted off my
Safe to say Yeatman did not let anyone down, as she did not surrender a goal in Calvert’s 1-0 win over the Hurricanes, a county rival that has typically had the Cavaliers’ number in recent years.
“We all worked really hard,” Yeatman said. “It was a really good game. There was a lot of talking and we weren’t getting mad with each other,
which really helps. We were supportive and that helped us bring the ball up the whole game.”
It also didn’t hurt that Calvert (6-1, 2-1 SMAC Chesapeake) played from in front virtually the entire game. Kaitlin McCloskey was able to bury a shot with the first couple minutes of action, giving the hosts all of the offense they would ultimately need against Huntingtown (4-2, 0-2).
“It was a corner and Kaitlyn Nash was the insert, Halie Miller hit it to
me,” McCloskey said of the scoring play. “We’ve been practicing each and every day as hard as we can, just driving it into the goal. It actually worked out for us.
“[Scoring first] was so important. We wanted it so much. We played our hearts out and we got the win.”
After the early goal, Huntingtown dominated possession time and had close to 20 penalty corner opportunities. But the Hurricanes were never able to score the equalizer
to at least push the game to overtime. Huntingtown had gone to double overtime in a win over Northern on Sept. 18, which had been its most recent game prior to the matchup at Calvert on Tuesday.
“We didn’t convert on a lot of corners and we weren’t moving the balls like we know we should have been,” Huntingtown assistant coach Marissa Persetic said. “We were standing and watching a lot of passes. Calvert, you have to give them credit, they moved to the ball and
that was the difference in the game. That and we had something like 20 corners and not one of them went in. That was the game right there.”
The Hurricanes were scheduled to square again with Northern on Thursday afternoon and are slated to host La Plata at 4 p.m. Monday.
Earning a win over Huntingtown was a significant accomplishment for the Cavaliers. The Hurricanes have typically been one of the top teams in SMAC and have won three re- gional championships since 2011. Calvert, which is scheduled to travel to Leonardtown for a 5:30 p.m. start today, will look to build on Tuesday’s momentum going forward.
“We’ve never beaten Huntingtown my whole high school career,” said McCloskey, a senior. “We had strong backup with all the defenders and the middies. All of them did so good. ... I think it gives us the drive and the confidence that we can beat these harder teams.”
Huntingtown’s Callie Hilgenberg takes possession of the ball with Calvert’s Halie Miller close behind during Tuesday’s contest. The Cavaliers won the contest, 1-0.