McDonogh seizes opportunity, 1-0 Girls soccer

October 22, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

McDonogh didn't get many scoring opportunities in yesterday's Catholic League A Division girls soccer game against John Carroll, but one was all it needed.

After taking just two shots in the first half, McDonogh got a goal by Laurie Schwoy early in the second half and held on for a 1-0 win.

The co-No. 6 Eagles (12-2-1, 5-1-1) moved into first place in the division, ahead of the co-No. 6 Patriots (7-1-3, 5-1-3).

McDonogh co-coach Maurice Boylan, whose team was outshot, 8-2, in the first half, said the Eagles' persistence was the difference.

"We bent in the first half but we didn't break," said Boylan. "[John Carroll] kept on beating us to the ball, and they really kept the pressure up. But our girls just played hard for 80 minutes."

With the game scoreless early in the second half, Schwoy, a 14-year-old freshman, gave McDonogh the lead.

After a Kara Cristaldi corner kick put the ball in front, Schwoy raced to the loose ball, gained control and, with her back to the goal, turned and shot a grounder into the corner of the net with 6:43 gone in the half.

"I saw the ball was free, so I ran to it," said Schwoy, the area's leading point scorer. "I turned and swung my leg, and it just went in. I thought it was going to hit the post."

The goal, however, didn't tell the story of the game to that point. John Carroll outplayed McDonogh for much of the first half, controlling the ball on offense and keeping the Eagles on the defensive.

The Patriots nearly pulled ahead several times in the half, with their best chances coming on a Christine Porcella header in front, a Katie Nietubicz shot on a breakaway and consecutive Amity Torbit shots from close range.

All, however, were stopped by junior Sarah Manekin, who had eight saves, including five in the first half.

"They were just dominating play and beating us to all the 50-50 balls," said Manekin. "We were lucky to get out of it without giving up a goal."

For Patriots coach Joe Rehrmann, watching his team dominate play, despite not scoring, was the silver lining.

"If you generate the opportunities, that's all you can ask for," said Rehrmann, whose team defeated the Eagles, 2-0, earlier in the season. "Both defenses played well. We certainly had some good chances, though."

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