Liz Fries of South Carroll was furious after missing a penalty stroke midway through the first half of yesterday's game at Century. But she felt much better by the time the game ended.
Fries' hat trick spoiled Century's first varsity field hockey home game with a 3-0 victory. She scored soon after the miss and added two more goals in the second half as the Cavaliers pulled away
South Carroll (2-0 overall, 2-0 county, 2-0 Central Maryland Conference) needed Fries because of its slow start against the fired-up Knights. Century (0-3, 0-2, 0-2), in its first varsity season, played strongly and controlled the game throughout the first 10 minutes.
However, South Carroll coach Erin Soulen called a timeout a few minutes later to settle down her team and remind it of a few things. The timing was perfect because the Cavaliers were a different team after that.
"[Century] came out tough, and we came out flat," Soulen said. "They put more pressure on us early."
The Cavaliers began pressuring the Knights, finally getting the ball into the Century circle with more regularity. Fries was awarded a penalty stroke, but Century goalie Ashley Benitez kicked it away. Fries slammed her stick into the ground in frustration, but she didn't stay too upset for too long.
"[The miss] definitely pumped me up today," Fries said. "I wanted to get it back."
She started doing that just a few minutes later. Fries gave South Carroll a 1-0 lead when she scored on a 7-yard shot from in front with 12:32 left in the first half. Kerrie Wuenschel got the assist.
Both of Fries' second-half goals came on longer shots from the top of the circle. She blasted shots past Benitez (six saves) with 11:33 left and then with 14 seconds to go. Alena Loosararian assisted on the second goal; Wuenschel notched her second assist on the final goal.
South Carroll goalie Abby Treworgy wasn't tested often (three saves), but she kicked away consecutive Century shots about 10 seconds apart early in the game. She made one more save in the second half as her defense blanketed the area in front of the net, easily clearing the ball most of the time.
Century coach Heather Arnold likes what she's seen so far from her Knights, who have been outscored 7-0 in their first three games but continue to improve. Especially motivated because South Carroll is just a few miles down the road, the Knights came right at the Cavaliers for much of the game.
"We came out ready to play," Arnold said. "The kids were talking about this game for a while."