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No. 1 Patriots escape with 1-0 win over Knights

October 12, 2000

No. 1 Patriots escape with 1-0 win over Knights



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


FREDERICK, Md. - Kendall Bolte said she's practiced her throw-ins with her Mom in the backyard since her freshman year. Sandy Wasniewski said Thursday's game between No. 1 Thomas Johnson and No. 2 Middletown was the first time this year she's played left midfield after several stints on defense.

Bolte's specialty and Wasniewski's good fortune led the Patriots to a 1-0 victory over the Knights when the two juniors connected on the game's only goal early in the second half.

"Somebody flicked (Bolte's throw-in from deep in Middletown's zone) on to me," Wasniewski said. "I usually don't play left midfield, I was just in the right place at the right time."

Wasniewski was on the move as the ball glanced off a Middletown defender right in front of a wide open goal. Her kick from point-blank range in the 44th minute turned out to be the game-winner.

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"We really pulled together and showed how hard we can work," Bolte said. "We play them again on Tuesday ... hopefully we'll get the same result."

Neither team had many scoring opportunities, as TJ and Middletown battled most of the night for possession in midfield. The Patriots finished with a 15-12 edge in shots.

"When our two programs get together, they always fight for every square inch of territory on this field," TJ coach Chuck Nichols said.

"They went to the ball for 80 minutes, we didn't," Middletown coach John Miller said. "They took us out of our game, and that's very typical of what TJ does to us."

The Knights (11-1) had their best opportunity - Stef Burroughs' shot in the 49th minute - robbed by Amy Franciscovich's diving save.

"Amy came up huge," Nichols said. "That save was brilliant, that was Division I quality, I thought."

Two other Middletown opportunities off corner kicks, one in the 41st minute and the other in the 78th minute, both glanced off the crossbar and over the goal.

"We probably used eight of our nine lives on their corner kicks," Nichols said. "I was praying there wouldn't be another."

"We had some transitional breaks, some runs on the goal," Miller said. "We weren't able to create anything substantial on our own."

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