Zapcic saves Shore ladies from Wolverines

Washington junior Kayla Zapcic made eight saves in the 1-0 triumph over Wesley on Oct. 24, offsetting Wesley’s 13-5 advantage in shots.

CHESTERTOWN — Junior Kailyn Brandt’s penalty stroke in the 39th minute was the only goal of the night Thursday, lifting host Washington past Wesley in a non-conference field hockey game.

Kayla Zapcic stopped eight shots and Parker Wolf had a defensive save for Washington to offset Wesley’s 13-5 advantage in shots.

Washington was awarded a stroke with 6 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the third period after Wesley committed a foul in the scoring circle. Brandt sent her shot to the right-hand side of a diving goalie Lauren Berry. It was her team-leading fifth tally of the season.

The locals halted a three-game losing streak. They improved to 4-10; all four wins are by shutout.

Wesley’s Kaila Hindt had the only shot on goal during the opening quarter, just 1:20 in, with Zapcic coming up with her first save.

Zapcic made back-to-back saves in the 18th minute during a Wesley penalty corner. Three of her eight saves came in the first half.

Freshman Jillian Brejnik had the only shot of the opening half for Washington, a reverse-stick sweep in the 20th minute that did not require a save from Berry.

After Brandt put Washington on the scoreboard, Wesley had two penalty corners and a shot over the final 2:32 of the third quarter. Wolf made her defensive save with 8 seconds remaining. Hindt (8-6-22), who leads Wesley in assists and points, put a shot on goal during a scramble that got past Zapcic but was cleared off the goal line by Wolf.

Wesley (10-7) outshot Washington in the final frame, 6-2, and its last best chance to score came with 7:23 remaining. Zapcic used her stick to swat away a shot from Kristen Fuhr that was redirected during a penalty corner.

Zapcic had four saves in the fourth quarter, the last one coming on a shot by Hindt with 3:52 to go.

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