McDonough doesn't get her wish Saints can only tie Patriots, 1-1

October 13, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff writer

St. Mary's striker Mo McDonough had hoped finally to win a game at John Carroll before she graduated. But yesterday, she and her No. 7 Saints had to settle for a 1-1 tie with perennial Catholic League nemesis John Carroll.

"In the four years I have been here, we have never won on this field," said McDonough, an All-Metro second-team striker. "The first two years, we lost and last year, we tied, 4-4. I don't know why we just can't win here."

The reason the Saints (4-2-2 overall, 1-2-2 league) did not win yesterday was a splendid defensive effort from No. 9 John Carroll (5-0-3, 3-0-3). The Patriots held St. Mary's to only five shots the entire game.

"This is the best team we've seen," said St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin. "They play well together; they're aggressive; they have speed; and maybe, they're a little more experienced than we are."

The Patriots dominated the first half of play, outshooting St. Mary's, 10-2. They pressured the Saints early with a corner kick in the first 15 seconds. But St. Mary's turned in some fine defense of its own led by sweeper Tricia Monmaney and goalie Erin Hon (10 saves).

St. Mary's turned the Patriots away a half-dozen times before the Saints even managed a shot. McDonough made the first one count nine minutes before halftime.

Her goal came on a direct kick after a tripping call against the Patriots' Elaina Morris. McDonough booted the ball from about 20 yards out right through the hands of goalie Amanda Sappington (four saves).

The Patriots didn't waste any time coming back.

Less than five minutes later, striker Krystin Porcella took a long ball from the defense and broke between two defenders into the clear. Hon tried to make a diving grab on Porcella's shot, but deflected the ball off to her left. Porcella followed the carom, tapping it easily into the net.

Kristin Buckley nearly put the Saints ahead in the finals two minutes of the first half.

She led a break with Melissa Holmes, and on the give-and-go, Buckley's shot hit another player in front of the goal and Sappington smothered the rebound.

The second half turned into a defensive struggle with the Patriots' getting two scoring chances -- a long-range boot by Porcella that hit the crossbar and Amy Goetzinger's point-blank header that Hon saved.

The Patriots have allowed only four goals all season -- the major reason why they remain the only unbeaten team in the Catholic League. They shut out McDonogh, Catholic and Spalding.

Against the ranked teams they've played, the Patriots have beaten No 6 McDonogh, 2-0, and No. 11 Loch Raven, 4-1, and tied Mercy, 2-2, as well as tied St. Mary's twice.

"Our defense really has been excellent," said Patriots coach Joe Rehrmann.

"With the level of competition, the higher you go, it's just much more difficult to score, and that's what this A Division has become. Not much is given away."

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