The Catonsville field hockey team is getting accustomed to two things this year -- shutouts and second-half surges.
The No. 10 Comets recorded their seventh shutout of the season in yesterday's 2-0 win over No. 14 Dulaney in a Baltimore County Heron Division game.
The victory put Catonsville in first place in the division with a 7-1 county record. The loss drops Dulaney to 4-1-1 in the division.
The Comets (10-1 overall) lived up to their second-half reputation by not allowing the Lions a shot and scoring twice over the final 30 minutes.
"We joke about how we are a second-half team all the time," said the Comets' Kara Macleod, who scored both her team's goals. "We feel if we hang in there in the first [half] we'll only get better in the second."
Macleod's first score came off a shot from three yards out, 12: 26 into the second half off a pass from Kristen Brown. The second goal came 7: 43 later.
Brown brought the ball down from midfield on the right side of the field and centered it to Andrea Denton, who quickly redirected the ball to Macleod, who was all alone next to the left post. Macleod easily shot past Dulaney goalie Erin Jordan.
Macleod's two goals made up for a goal that got away from her in the first half.
With 8 1/2 minutes left in the first half, Jordan made a spectacular stick save on a shot headed for the top right corner of the goal. The shot came off a penalty stroke from Macleod.
"That [stroke] made me so nervous that I was shaking out there," Macleod said. "I thought it was a good shot, but I came back hard after it and got the two scores."
Dulaney coach Jolene Zeigenfuse, whose team dropped to 5-2-2 overall, could not explain her offense's inability to threaten in the second half.
"I'm not sure what happened. How do you explain it?" Zeigenfuse said. "Catonsville has been known to be a second-half team, but I think we were flat. We played hard but not hard enough."
The Comets' defense held the Lions, who had 64 shots in a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Franklin on Wednesday, to only six shots in the first half and none in the second.
"We were so intense today," Catonsville back Erin Coberth said. "We were pumped up so high that there was no way that we were going to let a shot in."
Said Catonsville coach Kathy Schuyler: "We have changed our personnel and formations on defense. [The defense] has taken pressure of our goalie [Katie Kirby]. It's given her more confidence knowing that such a good defense is in front of her."
One of those changes was to move former forward Sarah Starsoneck to the back. This was only her second game at that position. Her first came in the Comets' 1-0 victory over No. 11 Hereford on Wednesday.
Pub Date: 10/10/99