The Garrison Forest field hockey team, which moved up the No. 2 ranking in the Baltimore Sun poll, played like a top team Monday when it dominated play and beat the visiting No. 7 Century Knights 4-1.
"Sometimes you can control and dominate and still see the other team take the lead," said Garrison Forest coach Traci Davis. "We had a bunch of corners and couldn't score and Century got two good chances and made one of them count. It wasn't until after we took a time out and regrouped that we were able to make strong moves and finish."
Garrison Forest, 12-1, did start slowly, but had a 2-1 lead on goals by Brooke Adler and Isabel Boyce, and then made sure the victory would stand with two goals by sophomore Bayly Jarrett in the final 30 minutes.
The Knights' took the initial lead on a goal by junior midfielder Allison Remenapp with 9:22 left in the opening half.
From there, it was all Garrison Forest.
Adler tied the score at 6:58, and, with time expiring in the first half, the Grizzlies applied the pressure on a corner opportunity. According to field hockey rules, the play on a corner must be completed before the game is stopped, much like a football game can't end on a penalty. Boyce, a senior forward, gave her team the halftime lead with 0:00 on the clock.
"Garrison has better stick skills and when you're playing a team with that kind of skill it is hard to defend," said Century coach Terry Duryea, whose Knights are 8-2. "But I enjoy playing good teams. We just have to stay together as a team, keep our heads up and move forward."
Century goalie Steffie Pfisterer kept her cool throughout the game or it might have been much worse. The junior made 20 saves — and then got help from her teammates.
With 26:03 to play in the second half, Garrison Forest mounted a strong charge. Pfisterer made a kick save, but the Grizzlies seemed to be coming in waves. Pfisterer made another save and then the ball was smacked to the left post. There, junior forward Abby Remenapp was on her knees with her stick on the ground blocking the shot.
"At the post it is really hard to stop the ball and clear it," said Remenapp. "I stopped it, but they were right in front of me and they're really good at stopping the ball."
It was Garrison Forest's Jarrett who was there to stop the ball and lift it over Remenapp.
It would be the first of two goals for the sophomore forward at the post, as she scored again six minutes later by knocking the ball in off a rebound of a shot by Adler.
"We were excited to have the lead at the end of the first half," said Jarrett, who played on varsity as a freshman. "When I got the goal that made it 3-1, we were further ahead and confident we would win. Our energy was really high. When I got the ball for that third goal, I knew I had to pull it back and lift it over the defender's stick. I felt calm about it. On the second one, Brooke hit the goalie's pads and the ball bounced over to me and I taped it in."
Three of Garrison's goals came on corners, but that wasn't many given the Grizzlies had 19 corner opportunities to Century's two. But it was obvious the Grizzlies have been working hard on such chances.
"Our corners have evolved through the season," said Garrison co-coach Leigh McDona. "We're taking them out wide and using every forward, middie and even a back sometimes to get the job done."
"But Century's goalie made it hard on us," said Davis. "She had terrific saves. We had nine corners and couldn't score. It wasn't until we took the time out and turned up the energy that we got anything going."
After that, Garrison players seemed to be everywhere, blocking passing lanes and virtually giving their goalie Ali Flax (1 save) the afternoon off.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun