Notre Dame Prep winter winner once again Late goal beats McDonogh, 2-1

February 12, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

The Association of Independent Schools A Division girls winter soccer league championship has become an annual event for McDonogh School and Notre Dame Prep.

The two teams met in the finals for the fifth straight year yesterday at Friends School, and for the fourth time, the Eagles of NDP were crowned lone champions of the 12-team league.

An unassisted goal by junior Tricia Cummings with 48 seconds remaining in regulation gave the Eagles a 2-1 victory over a McDonogh squad that they shared the title with last season when the game was stopped prematurely because of lightning.

"I think our team speed and ball control is what won it for us today," said McDonogh coach Kim Parizek, whose team went undefeated this season in nine games, including a 1-1 tie with Bryn Mawr.

"The other teams in this league have been getting better and better each year and that's made some tough games. I think we just rose to the occasion today. They played well as a team and they gave 110 percent."

The Pirates (8-0-1) got on the scoreboard first when senior Angie LaRocco lobbed a shot over the outstretched hands of #i McDonogh sophomore goalie Lauren Mishner with 12:26 left in the first half.

McDonogh had a chance to tie the score before intermission, but Notre Dame keeper Karen Gunderman turned away two point-blank shots by junior Allison Schroeder to preserve the Eagles' 1-0 halftime lead.

Rachel Mack almost added another goal for Notre Dame on a direct kick in the waning minutes of the first period, but Mishner (five saves) leaped high and got a piece of it, sending it over the net.

McDonogh tied the game at 1 just 5:21 into the second half when sophomore Kara Cristaldi fielded a loose ball between two Notre Dame defenders and booted a severe-angle shot into the far left corner of the net.

The Pirates' defense -- led by fullbacks Mack and Erin McLaughlin -- kept the Eagles' attack in check for much of the second half, limiting them to three shots and only six overall.

"We've played this team the last five years and it's always been a one-goal game," said coach Ted Scocos, whose Eagles won the Catholic League championship last fall.

"It was a good game today. Both teams played with a lot of heart. Notre Dame has a nice team, but they just got one more than we did.

"I don't feel embarrassed losing to them. This is their season, where it's more of a finishing out of our our fall season."

B division

Top-seeded Oldfields (5-5-2) had to share the AIS B Division regular-season title with Maryvale, and after playing third-seeded Garrison Forest (5-2-3) to a 2-2 overtime tie yesterday at McDonogh, they'll have to share the postseason crown as well.

Oldfields got goals from Nicole Simpson and Gina Brahim, while Lindsley Hirsch and Kelly Reynolds scored for Garrison Forest

Oldfields goalie Suzie Williamson made 13 saves, and Garrison Forest's Kathleen Harrington recorded 14.

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