McDonogh gets message, 5-0 victory Girls soccer

September 15, 1993|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

McDonogh co-coach Maurice Boylan was purposely casual about it. Just as his girls soccer team was leaving the locker room, he turned and issued a reminder.

"I guess you remember St. Mary's knocked us out of the tournament last year," Boylan said.

Although all the girls remembered that well, the remark had an uplifting effect.

"Yeah, yeah," they cried. From there, No. 3 McDonogh breezed past No. 8 St. Mary's, 5-0, yesterday.

In capturing their opener, the host Eagles got four goals from Laurie Schwoy. McDonogh's other co-coach, Ted Scocos, made clear what he thinks of Schwoy after the sophomore scored the game's first goal.

L "Best striker in the state," Scocos said to the scorekeeper.

Boylan saw no need before the game to harp on the fact St. Mary's (2-1) eliminated McDonogh in the semifinals of last year's Catholic League tournament after beating the Saints twice during the regular season.

"The girls were focused," he said. "Two years ago we beat St. Mary's in the semifinals and then lost in the final. We got a taste of the spotlight both years.

"We're knocking on the door. We want to win the regular season and the tournament."

If McDonogh does, it will be with Schwoy leading the way. The area's leading scorer last year as a freshman with 28 goals and 12 assists, Schwoy gave McDonogh a 3-0 halftime lead. Her third goal was a deft head shot with an assist from Kara Cristaldi.

After Christina Coroneos gave McDonogh a 4-0 bulge early in the second half, Schwoy scored her fourth goal on a penalty kick.

The Saints entered the game with no illusions, even though they had gone on to win the Catholic League title last year after ousting McDonogh.

"I don't expect to win," coach Jerry Tobin said. "We're not as experienced as McDonogh. I'm hoping for a hard, aggressive game -- and a smart one -- and consistent play. We haven't been consistent so far."

Afterward, he said: "I'm more than happy. It's the best we've played."

Tobin was obliged to use Erin Hon, who had six goals and an assist in the opening two wins, in her old position in the goal yesterday.

Hon asked Tobin before the season whether she could switch to a field position. He agreed, but he asked her to return to the goal after Amanda Bourgeois bruised ribs in a scrimmage against Hammond.

"We don't have a third goalie," Tobin said.

He might not have a true third goalie, but he put halfback Kelly Maloney in the net in the second half ("She did a nice job," he said) and restored Hon to a field position in the hope she could generate some offense.

Next for McDonogh is Notre Dame tomorrow and then, on Saturday, Hammond, No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun preseason poll.

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