St. Mary's thwarts McDonogh, 2-1

November 04, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

The fifth-ranked McDonogh Eagles dominated play for most of yesterday's Catholic League A Division Tournament semifinal against visiting and No. 10 St. Mary's. They won loose balls, made few mistakes and outshot the Saints, 27-8.

Co-coach Maurice Boylan said his team may have played its "dream" game. With just 51 seconds left, however, a breakaway goal by St. Mary's Mo McDonough turned that dream into a nightmare.

McDonough got the ball near midfield, raced past a defender and beat goalie Sarah Manekin to her left, giving St. Mary's a 2-1 win and a spot in tomorrow's tournament final.

"I've just been dreaming about doing something like this," McDonough said. "I made a move and she [the defender] froze. I was just one-on-one with the goalie."

St. Mary's (8-3-3) advanced to tomorrow's (5 p.m.) Catholic League final at Patterson Park against the winner of today's other semifinal between John Carroll and Catholic.

For McDonogh (17-3-1), however, a trip to the consolation game will provide little solace.

"We couldn't have asked any more from our girls today," Boylan said. "We played well and got the shots. Their goalie just played incredible."

The Saints' Erin Hon made 18 saves , and stopped a number of shots from close late in the game.

"I was just trying to stay on my feet," Hon said. "Their offense was really good, but our defense helped me out a lot."

With just under 15 minutes left, Hon dove to her left to stop a Sonia Chase grounder and went on to deny the Eagles four times in the final 9:30. McDonogh's best opportunity came with 4:40 left in the game, when in heavy traffic Hon pounced on an Alison Schroeder shot caroming off the bottom of the crossbar.

"Erin's been playing that way all year," St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin said. "It gives our defense a lot of confidence, and the coaches, too."

The Saints' win broke a string of three straight losses to McDonogh dating to last year's tournament.

Early on in this one, it looked like the streak would continue.

The Eagles dominated play in the early minutes, taking a 1-0 lead 15:57 into the game when Laurie Schwoy finished off an Alison Schroeder corner kick.

But St. Mary's answered as Bridgit Smith headed in a Melissa Holmes corner kick 14:43 before halftime.

"Their goal was a wake-up call for us," Tobin said.

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