Calvert earns big win

Cava­liers hold off Hur­ri­canes for vic­tory

The Calvert Recorder - - Sports - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com

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

shoul­ders.”

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.”

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

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.

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