Cava­liers are mov­ing on

Blank St. Charles in 2A South Region sec­tion fi­nal

The Calvert Recorder - - Sports - By COLIN STOECKER cstoecker@somd­news.com

Mon­day’s Class 2A South Region Sec­tion I fi­nal be­tween St. Charles and host Calvert was a bat­tle to see which team would con­tinue its season and who would hang it up un­til next year.

Se­niors on both teams were ex­cited to see if they could pro­long their sea­sons and ca­reers fur­ther. And after a hard 60 min­utes of play, it was Calvert get­ting to the next round with a 3-0 win.

“It went pretty good. I think we were do­ing good, but there’s al­ways room for im­prove­ment and stuff,” Cava­liers sopho­more Alexis Me­lan­con said. “We talked to each other,

we re­mem­bered our pass­ing and we re­mem­bered to watch our feet. And to look at the goalie’s feet, be­cause we never want to aim at the feet. I’m ex­cited, I think that we can do well if we all con­tinue work­ing to­gether and talk­ing. I just want to play our hard­est, it doesn’t mat­ter if we win or lose, we are still a team. I just want to keep that unit to­gether.”

Calvert (4-8 over­all), the top seed in Sec­tion I, will play in the 2A South fi­nal at 3 p.m. Wed­nes­day at Kent Is­land, the top seed in Sec­tion II.

“It started a lit­tle slow, but it came to­gether and I re­ally proud of them,” Calvert head coach Crys­tal Hill said. “We won our sec­tional fi­nals, so that’s ex­cit­ing and now were go­ing to re­gion­als. We haven’t gone in a cou­ple of years so it’s very ex­cit­ing for us. ... Lexi Me­lan­con, Sier­rah Han­way, and Arika Hill all had great games. Katie Wo­j­cieszek did well, too. We want to win the re­gion­als, and haven’t won it since I have been coach so this would be re­ally ex­cit­ing if we could do

that.”

Me­lan­con started the scor­ing for her team by slid­ing a shot on goal through the legs of St. Charles goalie Rachel Hen­dricks early in the first half. Hen­dricks man­aged to save nine more at­tempts on goal in the first half, but only let Me­lan­con’s shot go in.

St. Charles looked to have scored on Keiana Poin­dex­ter’s first-half tally, but play had al­ready stopped and the goal didn’t count, leav­ing the Spar­tans down 1-0.

“We know they’re a fast-paced team,” St. Charles head coach Dwayne Hen­dricks said. “We had some good bat­tles there, but we just couldn’t put one in the goal. One of our shots didn’t count. They said they didn’t take it all the way out of the cir­cle, but it was a nice hard hit, a line drive and I think that kind of changed the mo­men­tum of the game a lit­tle bit. It kind of took a lit­tle wind out of us.”

In the sec­ond half, Calvert got back to work with Hill scor­ing the next goal on a penalty cor­ner to make it 2-0. The last goal

of the game came off of Han­way’s stick that found its way into the back of the goal.

“I think we played our hearts out,” St. Charles se­nior Macken­zie Shughart said. “I’m very proud of my whole team. I know we will do an even more amaz­ing job next year and win even more play­offs. It ac­tu­ally feels re­ally good, only be­cause we’ve ac­com­plished so much this year. We were able to have four wins and all the other years. We’ve only had one. We set his­tory for the St. Charles High School field hockey team.”

The Spar­tans (4-9), the sec­ond seed in the sec­tion, ad­vanced to Mon­day’s con­test after de­feat­ing West­lake, the third seed, 8-0.

“Over­all, we had a re­ally good season this year,” Dwayne Hen­dricks said. “It was our best season we’ve had year to date, so we’re pleased. It’s tough to swal­low. We have five se­niors leav­ing tonight and this is their last game. but I think we’re go­ing to pick it up and have a good season next year.”

STAFF PHOTO BY COLIN STOECKER

Calvert’s Arika Hill scored a goal in Mon­day’s 3-0 win over St. Charles in the 2A South Region Sec­tion I fi­nal.

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