For the first time in four years, Glenelg’s season ended before the Class 2A state championship game. It was a give-and-go fastbreak that became the game-winner for Century Wednesday night at Broadneck in the Class 2A state semifinals.
The goal lifted Century past Glenelg, 3-2, with 3:07 left in the second sudden-victory overtime period.
“Mandi Trostle and I have had a connection all year. She passed the ball to me and I hit it in the goal and scored,” said Sami Bialozynski.
“It all comes down to fundamentals, and I say one-touch passing all the time. That’s what we practice — one-touch — and it worked out for us,” said Century coach Terry Duryea. “Glenelg is an amazing team; 100 percent they are the best team we’ve played this year.”
By the time Bialozynski scored, the teams had played 77 minutes of back-and-forth field hockey.
“Going all the way through double overtime, it was like whoever had enough gas left in their tank and they had that one good run down and capitalized,” said Glenelg’s Morgan Philie.
In field hockey, overtime is reduced to 7v7 play.
Philie scored the first goal of the game on a corner play not quite three minutes into the game. Megan Taylor had the assist.
Trostle tied the game a few minutes later.
Century knew which Glenelg players to concentrate on stopping.
“All you have to do is Google Glenelg and (Megan Taylor and Stephanie Asher) are at the top of the stat list,” Duryea said. “I had two of my best defenders on (Taylor).”
The Knights’ plan was to sandwich Taylor between Maddie Willis and Madi Hall. One played behind her and the other in front to cut off passes sent Taylor’s way.
Still, Glenelg had opportunities.
“We left a few goals on the goal line and you can’t do that in a game like this. Especially early on because it will come back to bite you,” Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid said.
Glenelg had seven offensive penalty corners to Century’s one in the first half.
“We had so many opportunities, but we just couldn’t get the ball to cross over that line,” Philie said.
“We had some great executions, but we just missed the final tip in and they had a great goalie who made some crucial saves,” Asher said.
By game’s end, Century goalie Elena Czyrca had 10 saves to her credit.
Although the final outcome was not what Glenelg followers had hoped for, Kincaid refused to let her team feel bad.
“They’ve had an amazing run. I refused to let them cry because they have nothing to be ashamed of,” she said. “Morgan and Stef, how many seniors can say they’ve won four county and four regional titles and had three state championships in their career? Not very many people get to experience that.”
Asher recalled something her coach told her four years ago.
“I remember my freshman year Miss Kincaid told me how unusual it was for a team to go to the state championships and I didn’t really believe her until now.”
Glenelg, which lost two of its first three games this fall, finished the season 15-3.
Century 3, Glenelg 2 (2SVOT)
Goals: C – Mandi Trostle 2, Sami Bialozynski. G – Morgan Philie, Stephanie Asher.
Assists: C – Mandi Trostle, Sami Bialozynski, Madi Hall. G – Megan Taylor.
Saves: C – Elena Czyrca 10. G – Amanda Hoyt 1.
Halftime: tied, 1-1. Regulation: tied, 2-2.