Field Hockey: Sherwood 3, Blake 2

Sherwood forward Emily Kenul had two goals Saturday to give her 13 for the year.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The visiting Sherwood High School field hockey team withstood a relentless offensive attack from Montgomery County 4A East rival Blake during a scoreless second half Saturday morning and held on to preserve their undefeated record with a hard-fought 3-2 victory.

The Bengals (4-1, 3-1) took a 2-1 lead when Fran Inman scored with 3:20 remaining in the first half, but two quick goals by junior forward Emily Kenul gave the Warriors (8-0, 4-0) a one-goal halftime edge.

Blake controlled the ball in the offensive zone for the vast majority of the second half but was unable to get the ball behind Sherwood goalkeeper Christina Ricciuti. The Warriors turned away a seemingly endless series of scoring opportunities and penalty corners as the Bengals failed to get the lucky bounce they needed to tie the score.

“We were preparing for overtime,” Sherwood coach Amy Morse said. “They brought a lot of hard shots and a lot of great offense on us. Any one of those balls could have trickled in and it would have been a different game.”

The Warriors got the game’s first goal on a score by junior forward Gabrielle Yore with 22:40 remaining in the first half. Blake answered 10 minutes later on a drive from captain Caroline Wannen. The senior midfielder, the Bengals all-time leading scorer and a lacrosse recruit committed to the University of Maryland, recorded one goal and one assist on the day.

Both teams will continue their conference schedules on Thursday, with Sherwood visiting Blair while Blake hosts Richard Montgomery.

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