Eas­ton falls in play­offs

One goal proves enough for Park­side

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

SAL­IS­BURY — The weather could have been bet­ter Thurs­day af­ter­noon, so could have the out­come for Eas­ton High’s field hockey team.

Un­like a steady rain that stopped briefly near the end of both halves at Park­side High, the Rams’ of­fense never quit.

While Park­side didn’t have much suc­cess putting the ball into the goal, the Rams’ sus­tained at­tack kept the War­riors from mount­ing much of­fense.

Kait­lyn Mor­ris de­flected Sarah Diller’s drive with 8 min­utes, 4 sec­onds left in the first half to ac­count for all the scor­ing, as the Rams ad­vanced to the Class 2A South Sec­tion II fi­nal with a 1-0 vic­tory.

Park­side (5-7-1) is slated to play at Kent Is­land (14-0) on Mon­day for the sec­tion fi­nal. The Buc­ca­neers blanked Stephen De­catur, 6-0, yes­ter­day.

A wet, spongy field cre­ated dif­fi­cult shot-mak­ing con­di­tions but both teams also played solid de­fense, es­pe­cially in­side the bro­ken cir­cle.

Park­side con­trolled play from the start, cre­at­ing four penalty-cor­ner op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first five min­utes, but didn’t muster a shot on goal. The War­riors’ de­fen­sive ef­fort through­out was led by Molly Ford, Geneva Foster, Tay­lor Wass, Caro­line Schuler, and El­lie Roser.

“It was a tough game,” said Eas­ton head coach Caro­line Bram­ble, whose team suf­fered its fourth one-goal loss of the sea­son. “The rain slowed the field but we had a cou­ple of op­por­tu­ni­ties we missed. I’m very proud of the way they played though and they hung in there. A 1-0 game against Park­side is a great game.”

With 11:40 left in the first half, Park­side fi­nally got the ball close to the cage af­ter a free hit from the right wing. But two close-range shots were knocked away by Eas­ton goalie Is­abelle Mor­ri­son.

Three min­utes later, the Rams cap­i­tal­ized on their ninth penal­ty­corner op­por­tu­nity. Maura Mears sent the cor­ner pass to Diller at the top of the cir­cle. Diller drove to­ward the left side of the goal area and Mor­ris redi­rected it in­side the left post.

With 5:36 left in the first half, Eas­ton (3-10) pro­duced its best scor­ing op­por­tu­nity. Lexi McDaniel lifted con­sec­u­tive shots on goal but Park­side goalie Tori Bar­moy knocked both away to keep the Rams ahead.

Park­side out­shot Eas­ton 8-2 in the first half and had 12 cor­ners com­pared to one for Eas­ton.

“Our first half was a re­ally pretty half of field hockey for us,” Rams head coach Kim Pelot said. “It started rain­ing just be­fore the game. It def­i­nitely slowed down the ball. I think es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half the field de­te­ri­o­rated, but it de­te­ri­o­rated for both teams. I think we let it af­fect us more the sec­ond half than Eas­ton did.”

Eas­ton pro­duced one other scor­ing op­por­tu­nity early in the sec­ond half but it ended when Bar­moy stopped McDaniel’s drive. The Rams’ se­nior goalie fin­ished with three saves.

Mor­ri­son col­lected 10 saves for the War­riors.

Park­side beat Eas­ton 1-0 in over­time in Septem­ber. The War­riors had ousted the Rams from last year’s sec­tion play­offs.

“They’re a solid team,” Pelot said. “Ob­vi­ously, last time we faced them it was an over­time win, but go­ing back to last year, even though it’s a dif­fer­ent team, they came here and beat us in dou­bleover­time in play­offs. I feel like they are a lot like us, that a lot of scores in their games could have gone one way or the other, a one­goal dif­fer­ence.”

It was the fi­nal game for Eas­ton se­niors Mor­ri­son, Foster, and Han­nah Mor­ris.

“Our de­fense has been our strong point all year long. They’ve kept us in ev­ery game we’ve been in,” Bram­ble said.

Kent Is­land 6, Stephen De­catur 0

STEVENSVILLE — Abby Car­pen­ter, Celina Kauf­man and Car­lie Do­mo­gauer each scored a pair of goals as the de­fend­ing re­gion cham­pi­ons ad­vanced to Mon­day’s sec­tion fi­nal.

Car­pen­ter scored on a penalty stroke and also con­verted a Grace Boyer feed for a goal. Kauf­man had one unas­sisted goal and scored an­other off a dish from Emily Keller. Emily Fron­czek and Ri­ley Teng­well each set up Do­mo­gauer for goals.

Goalie Hope Wobbe made three saves for the Buc­ca­neers, who posted their 11th shutout, and have sur­ren­dered just three goals all sea­son.

1A East Sec­tion I Play­offs Queen Anne’s 12, North Caro­line 0

CENTREVILLE — Gabrielle Corder had a hat trick, and Sara Wal­ford and Con­ner Allen each scored twice as the Lions stretched their un­beaten streak to 10 games.

Queen Anne’s (11-1-1) will host Kent County (10-3) Mon­day for the Sec­tion I fi­nal. The Lions edged the Tro­jans by strokes on Oct. 19.

Kelsey Graef, Paige Mitchell, Alexis Beaver, Kait­lyn Karns and Katie Ray each scored one goal for the Lions. Emily Lane­hart (four saves) and Angie Riggel­man shared the shutout.

Kent County 4, St. Michaels 0

WORTON — Mad­die Tay­lor notched a hat trick as the Tro­jans earned a sec­ond date with Queen Anne’s County.

Caro­line Ma­cLeod set up Abby Crock­ett for Kent County’s fourth goal.

St. Michaels fin­ished the sea­son 3-10.

VOL­LEY­BALL Queen Anne’s 3, J.M. Ben­nett 0

SAL­IS­BURY — Kelly Ca­vanagh had six of the Lions’ 18 aces, and Becca Clay fin­ished with 11 digs and seven kills as the North Bay­side cham­pi­ons capped a 13-0 reg­u­lar sea­son with a 25-13, 25-21, 25-17 sweep of James M. Ben­nett.

Emma Feaga had seven kills and Kayla Blann to­taled 14 as­sists for Queen Anne’s, which plays at Ben­nett (12-3) next Tues­day for the Bay­side Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship. Thurs­day’s sweep was the Lions’ 10th this sea­son.

Eas­ton 3, Park­side 2

SAL­IS­BURY — Quinn Jen­nings had nine kills, three aces and a pair of blocks as the War­riors ended their three-match skid, with a 17-25, 1725, 25-19, 25-19, 15-12 come-frombe­hind vic­tory over the Rams.

Anna Slaugh­en­houpt had nine kills, three aces and two blocks for Eas­ton (5-10), Faith White­ley fin­ished with six kills, four aces and a block, and Rachel Quimby added four aces.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Eas­ton’s Caro­line Shuler blocks a shot by Park­side’s Maura Mears dur­ing the first half Thurs­day af­ter­noon at Park­side High School.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Eas­ton’s Lexi McDaniel drives the ball up­field de­fended by Park­side’s Mal­lory Wain­right dur­ing the first half Thurs­day af­ter­noon at Park­side High School.

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