The second round of the regional field hockey playoffs took place on Thursday with several Harford County schools in action.
Bel Air and C. Milton Wright were winners in Class 3A North, as were Fallston and Patterson Mill in 1A North. North Harford had a bye in 2A North. The Hawks (9-5) will host Rising Sun (6-7) on Monday at 6 p.m.
Bel Air’s win came at Aberdeen, where the Eagles were enjoying their finest season in a very long time. That season came to an end with the Bobcats defeating the Eagles, 2-0.
“Aberdeen defensively was fantastic. They had tough sticks, they came to the ball, they were wiling to play, they were ready today,” Bel Air coach Amy Chmielewski said. “We were a little on our heels when we first started unfortunately.”
Aberdeen (8-2-1) played Bel Air (5-10) tough, keeping the game scoreless for more than 40 minutes.
The Bobcats had seven penalty corners in the first half, but shots off the advantage were essentially none.
Scoreless at half, Bel Air opened the final 30 minutes with even more offensive pressure, but for more than 10 minutes, the Aberdeen defense kept the Bobcats at bay.
“I felt really good, I felt like my team really stuck together, especially on defense,” Aberdeen senior defender Bailey Meads said. “We kept it zero-zero for a long time and it was fun, it was a great end to a great season. It was the best season I have ever played in.”
With 17:59 left to play, the Bobcats finally busted through for a goal. Off a corner, one of six in the second half, Caroline Cotton scored off the assist from Tori Mumm after a brief scrum in the circle.
The Bobcats added the second goal exactly two minutes later. Sophomore Peyton Hale drove the ball into the circle from 30-yards out.
Teammate Brooke Steg was on the receiving end after the ball was deflected off the stick of Cotton. Cotton’s deflection sent the ball toward the far corner of the goal, past Aberdeen goalie Gwyneth Steel. Steg then poked it in for the 2-0 lead.
“I was just really frustrated that we weren’t scoring and it’s a drill that we’ve been working on at practice,” Hale said of her role on the goal. “I was just thinking, hit it toward the post because I knew someone was going to be there and they were.”
Bel Air goalie Chelsea Gostomski made two saves, as did Aberdeen keeper Steel.
“I can’t be prouder of the girls, they came to play today. I think people respect Aberdeen a little bit more now after this season,” Eagles coach Nicole Andriano said.
Mustangs win big
C. Milton Wright (13-1) defeated visiting Edgewood (2-9), 10-0. Stats were not provided.
CMW will host Bel Air in Monday’s next round.
Cougars blank Warriors
Fallston (8-5) was a 10-0 winner over visiting Havre de Grace (4-10).
Six Cougars provided the 10 goals, led by Melissa Crapanzano who had three goals and one assist.
Kylie Ryan and Abbie Utz scored two goals each. Nicole Milano (assist), Abbey Young and Anna Scheir each had a goal.
Emma Edelin had two assists and Sarah Dudick had one assist.
Havre de Grace goalie Tori Jacobs finished with 12 saves, while Fallston goalies faced no shots.
Fallston will host Patterson Mill in Monday’s next round.
Huskies beat Cobras
Patterson Mill (8-7) beat visiting Harford Tech (4-6), 3-0.
Lauren Golczewski scored two of the Huskies goals and Julia Frankis tallied one. Sydney Beck and Molly Egan each had an assist.
Huskies goalie Emily Pascoe had one save.
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