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Varsity field hockey: 3A West regional semifinal

Posted Thursday, October 30, 2008 by Bruce Becker
by Bruce Becker
BCC vs. Urbana

For the BCC Barons field hockey squad, Tuesday’s regional semifinal
matchup with Urbana High School was all about the penalty corners, and
the Barons had theirs working to perfection.

Less than one minute and a half into the game, the Barons jumped to an
early lead when junior defender Sunny Cobb rocketed a shot past the
goalkeeper, scoring her first goal of the year off an assist from
senior midfielder Catherine Mirsky.

Just three minutes later, the Barons were on the scoreboard again, this
time when senior forward Mimmy Wenzel took a long clear and dribbled
into the goal area and scored on her own.

The visiting coach called a timeout to calm her players after falling
behind by two goals in the first five minutes, but she couldn’t rally
the team to counter with a goal.

As senior forward Clare Becker lined up to insert another penalty
corner, the Barons produced a carbon copy of the first goal: Mirsky to
Cobb for the third goal of the afternoon. Kelsey Kiser started at right
wing for Paige Donnelly, who suffered a facial injury in practice, and
Wenzel played the left side. Charlotte Kettler and Rachel Ruda flanked
Mirsky in the midfield, and goalie Claire Vieth and her back four –
Julia Pernick, Sunny Cobb, Meredith Storm and Ruth Andrews – produced
yet another shutout.

Jenn Dewey and Rachel Keeling came in to bolster the offensive line,
and as the first half ran out, the Barons were awarded yet another
penalty corner. This time Mimmy Wenzel fired one in, again off an
assist from Mirsky – her third -- to make it 4-0 as the half came to an

In the second half, Josie Lopes and Lydia Marks provided some spark off
the bench, along with Lindsay Chan, Rebecca Natoli, Laura Bes, and
Rachel Natoli. Defense prevailed and the Barons’ 4-0 lead stood
throughout the second half.

Next up: the 3A regional finals on Thursday.

BCC 4; Urbana 0.
Goals: Cobb, 2; Wenzel, 2.
Assists: Mirsky 3


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