1 chance enough for Dulaney No. 6 Lions edge No. 2 Wright, 1-0 Girls soccer

November 06, 1993|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

In the battle of the area's top offensive and defensive girls soccer teams, it was a near stalemate.

No. 6 Dulaney, which averages 8.6 goals per game, seized its only open shot on goal to edge second-ranked and visiting C. Milton Wright, 1-0, in the Class 3A-4A North region final. Dulaney heads into the state semifinals next Saturday at Chesapeake-AA.

Dulaney (12-3), a state finalist for the past two years, ended the Mustangs' 12-game winning streak, second longest in the area.

The Lions controlled the ball for most of the game on C. Milton Wright's end of the field and outshot the Mustangs, 20-8. Mustangs sophomore goalkeeper Erin Updegrove, who has given up only four goals all season and two in the past 12 games, kept the game within reach with 14 saves.

"We had to tolerate more pressure this game than we had to in previous games," said coach Ken Dawson, whose Mustangs have appeared in the playoffs seven of the past eight seasons. "But I think our defense did a great job. I think overall their team speed was better."

That speed advantage surfaced when Lions sophomore midfielder Ali Schuch received the ball between two defenders 20 yards out. Schuch split the defenders in a short sprint and launched a clear shot in the upper right corner of the net 25:59 into the game.

"At this level, it is all about who gets to the ball first," Dulaney coach Kathy Schmidt said. "The difference was they couldn't keep up with us."

After the score, the teams played evenly, trading three shots apiece. The Mustangs opened the second half with a quick shot, but only managed three more shots for the rest of the game.

Schuch is the youngest among the high-scoring Lions trio that also includes senior forward Aimee Vaughan (41 goals, 11 assists) and junior midfielder Abby Bausman (20, 14). They collectively have accounted for 66 percent of Dulaney's scoring.

"We came out like this was just another game," said Schuch, who has 25 goals and eight assists. "We knew how good they were, but we still expected to win."

Vaughan directed Dulaney under a controlled-style offense. She also sent 10 shots on goal while drawing double-team coverage.

Vaughan's head ball, which started her three-shot spurt in a three-minute period, barely curved left of the goal from a few yards out and could have ensured the victory seven minutes into the second half.

"Aimee Vaughan does so many things even when she doesn't score," Dawson said. "I am just glad that she is finally a senior."

C. Milton Wright found its best scoring opportunity midway through the second half when Erin Lesh sent a lead pass from midfield to sophomore forward Miranda James, the Mustangs' leading scorer. The pass, however, rolled a few yards long and charging goalkeeper Kate Szper beat James to the ball.

Szper made seven saves for her eighth shutout. Dulaney defender Whitney McClelland marked James for the game and held her to one shot in the second half.

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