Carol Prickett was virtually unstoppable on draws all afternoon, and she scored three goals for No. 9-ranked Severn in a 7-6 victory over 11th-ranked Garrison Forest yesterday.
But she talked a little more like a loser than a winner.
"As a team, we've played better," said the junior midfielder, who controlled 15 of 17 draws in the Association of Independent Schools A Division win at Garrison Forest.
"This was OK, but we can connect better on our shots, and our shot selection could have been better," she continued. "We should have realized sooner that the best way to beat their goalie [Kate Aumann, who had a career-best 18 saves] was to shoot low. We were shooting more high than low most of the day."
Prickett showed her all-around ability on the opening draw of the second half, which she controlled, dashing with the ball all the way down field to score on Aumann for a 4-3 lead.
"Our coach [Renie Sotiropoulis] wants me to run that play to even out the scoring between the midfield and attack," said Prickett. "Winning the draws is a matter of charging after the ball and playing intelligently."
Prickett is so adept at winning draws that Garrison Forest coach Micul Ann Morse said her team's strategy was built around stopping Prickett after she got the ball.
"We knew she was going to get almost every draw," said Morse. "What happened next was what hurt us. We let her and Severn control the ball too much."
The Admirals (8-2, 5-1 in the AIS) outshot the Grizzlies (2-3, 0-2) by 25-13 and had at least seven point-blank shots turned back by Aumann.
Aumann's teammate Hathaway Ingraham, a senior defender, rushed up to her after the game and said, "Incredible game."
Morse said of the junior goalie, "That was her best game, period. She's just been getting better, even though she's had to overcome a foot injury."
The praise for Aumann was even lavish from the opposition, among the comments this from senior Severn attacker Bess Freedlander: "She had my number. I was getting a little frustrated."
With 14: 35 left in the game and Severn ahead, 6-5, Freedlander was turned back two straight times by Aumann from a couple of feet.
First, Freedlander could not get a free shot past Aumann, and then Freedlander literally tried to guide the ball past Aumann's shoulder. But that didn't work either, as Aumann somehow got her stick on the ball.
Severn's Sotiropoulis said, "Their goalie had a great game. It took us a while to figure out we weren't going to beat her high. But our double-teaming was good in the midfield against a team that is great at passing and catching."
Reilly West scored what proved to be the winning goal for Severn, darting through the Garrison Forest defense and coming almost face-to-face with Aumann before putting a pass from Jessie Popham into the net for a 7-5 lead with 10: 40 left to play.
It was the second goal of the game for West. Popham had one goal and two assists. Jen Hartman contributed one goal and one assist for the winners.
Garrison Forest was led by two goals each from Melissa Riggs and Karie Reed.
Pub Date: 4/11/97