C. Milton Wright’s Taylor Marchetti scored an unassisted goal early in Monday’s Class 3A North playoff field hockey game and it was enough to lead the Mustangs (12-1) past visiting Bel Air (9-3), 1-0.
North Harford and Patterson Mill also won in their respective region classifications and all three will play for region championships on Wednesday.
“I am proud of my defense for keeping it at a 1-0 game. I do also think we could have scored some more, so that’s what we’ll be working on tomorrow, is finishing,” Mustangs coach Kelly Mattingly said. “Overall, our girls looked good.”
Marchetti’s goal came within the first few minutes of play and it was a good thing as Bel Air goalie Abby Bannan denied several good CMW shots the rest of the game. “It was a corner and then it was inserted and a defender came out, so I kind of did a move to dodge around her and then I just pushed it right into the goal,” Marchetti said. “I was very surprised, I think there were people in the way of it, so she couldn’t see it go in.”
The Mustangs, which had six corners, pressured the Bobcats goal throughout play, while the CMW defense limited Bel Air to minimal offense.
The Mustangs had two real good scoring chances in the final two minutes of the first half. Arrianna May’s shot slid just wide, while Georgia Beachley unleashed a wicked, hard shot, which was turned away by Bannan.
The Mustangs pressure continued in the second half with Carlie Insley missing just wide and a little later, a scramble out front of the Bobcats goal had another shot slide past the goal.
Bel Air’s best scoring chance came with 8:30 to play. I high, hard shot stopped by Mustangs goalie Finley Moreland (two saves).
With 5:47 to play, Sam Aljets had a penalty stroke attempt, but Bannan was up to the challenge. Aljets sent her shot to Bannan’s right. Bannan also reacted with a lunge to her right,.
The ball glanced off Bannan’s stick and the off the post at an angle that kept the ball from going in. Bannan finished with 11 saves.
“It’s not that big of deal, because watching the game the score didn’t reflect it as much, but I feel like it kept us so intense the whole game because we knew we can’t let them score, but we have to finish,” Aljets said referencing the Mustangs limited scoring. “So we just kept up the intensity the whole game.”
While the Mustangs couldn’t add goals, it was the defense that stood strong. “Finley Moreland made one big save and Ellie Muffley, we really look to her, she’s our center back and she payed strong,” Mustangs coach Kelly Mattingly said. “Taylor Marchetti, who scored today, is right in front of Ellie and those two work really well together. Our other defenders are Gaby Kohr and Jordyn Bever.”
CMW will host Franklin in Wednesday’s region final.
Hawks beat Indians
North Harford (12-1) won in 2A North, beating visiting North East (6-6), 7-1.
Brooke Ciampaglio scored four goals to pace the Hawks, while Ava Schmidt added two goals and Ariel Limpert netted one.
Abigail Riley accounted for North East’s lone goal.
Cassie Rickey had two assists for the Hawks, while Schmidt and Meridith Price had one apiece.
The Hawks played two goalies. Julia Foster had three saves and Madison Murdy made one.
North East keeper Erika Schmidt made 14 saves.
North Harford, who will host Hereford in Wednesday’s final, led 3-0 at the half.
Huskies blank Cobras
Patterson Mill (8-7) beat hpst Harford Tech (10-3), 8-0, in 1A North action.
Scoring for the Huskies, Sydney Beck and Alyssa Levitt had two goals each. Also with one goal apiece were Sarah McCollum, Jenna Tangires, Cassidy Ward and Lauren Golczewski.
Assists by Julia Frankis, Beck, Ward, Levitt and Kait Lloyd.
The Huskies will play at Carver A&T in Wednesday’s final.
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