BALTIMORE — Yesterday's 3-2 Baltimore Catholic League tournament semifinal soccer loss to McDonogh continued five years of frustration for seventh-ranked St. Mary's.
The Saints (14-3-1) were tournament runners-up tofour-time champion John Carroll in the past two tournaments, lost inthe semifinals the year before and were runners-up before that.
McDonogh (10-7-2), a team the Saints had beaten twice, 1-0 and 2-0, during the regular season, had spent three hours working on penalty kicks the day before the game. The Saints, Coach Jerry Tobin said, "never practice them."
That was the difference as the Saints fell,3-1, in a best-of-five penalty kick shootout after the game remainedtied at 2-2 after regulation and through two five-minute overtimes.
McDonogh went ahead, 2-1, in the shootout, after Alison Schroeder and Christina Coroneos beat St. Mary's keeper Erin Hon with their shots and Meredith Kennedy connected for the Saints.
But McDonogh keeper Sarah Manekin blocked the next three shots by Mo McDonough, Tricia Monmaney and Bridget Smith and -- with only one St. Mary's shooter remaining -- the Eagles' Debbie Hantman gave her team a 3-1 lead.
"It's definitely frustrating, especially since you've never won it before and it's a new team that's the one who's going after it," said Goldsborough, a fourth-year starter who ended the year with 14 goals and 12 assists.
An assist from Goldsborough helped McDonough (16 goals, 10 assists) to score and give the Saints a 1-0 lead with four minutes left in the first half. But the Eagles Debbie Johnson tied the game with 11 minutes left in the second half.
Goldsborough, who has the school record for career assists (30, with 45 goals), injured her ankle with 10 minutes left in regulation and never returned. But McDonough, who has the school record for goals (55, with 23 assists), scored her second goal of the game with 30 seconds left in the first overtime.
Just 20 seconds into the second overtime, however, Johnson capitalized on a defensive miscue to tie the game again.
McDonogh plays in tomorrow's championship game against eighth-ranked Mercy (13-1-2). Top-seed Mercy got two goals from Robyn Depasquale to defeat John Carroll, 4-0, in the earlier semifinal.
Senior sweeper Liz McGonagle (10 goals, two assists), who anchored a defense to 10 shutouts, lingered on the field after the game, staring at the goal. She was the Saints' fifth shooter, but never got the opportunity.
"It'sreally hard," she said. "Us seniors really wanted to go out winning this."