Schuch goal helps Dulaney oust Chesapeake, 1-0 3A-4A girls soccer

November 14, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Dulaney coach Kathy Schmidt called it a lucky break.

Chesapeake-AA coach Lin Sullivan thought it should have been cleared.

And Dulaney sophomore Alison Schuch saw it as an opportunity to save her team from the hassle of playing overtime.

All three were accurate in their descriptions.

Schuch's goal with 2:03 left to play lifted second seed Dulaney to a 1-0 victory over home-standing and third seed Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County in last night's Class 3A-4A state semifinals.

The No. 4 Lions (13-3) will take on top-seeded Severna Park in Saturday's state championship game at Old Mill. Severna Park edged No. 4 seed Centennial yesterday, 1-0.

"It was bobbling around and the goalie touched it and another player touched it and I saw the ball open and I just hit it right into the corner," said Schuch, trying to describe the game-winner. "I didn't want to go into overtime . . . so I saw it was there and I took it."

The seventh-ranked Cougars (11-3-1), who earned their second state playoff berth by downing Old Mill, 3-0, in last week's East Region final, had more than their share of chances to score in both halves but couldn't find the mark.

Chesapeake's Melissa Wagner had at least four clear shots on goal and teammate Jamie Long had three others but all sailed wide or into the arms of Dulaney goalkeeper Kate Szper (18 saves).

"I cannot think of enough superlatives to use to describe Kate's performance today," said Schmidt. "She's really just coming into her own. She's been apprehensive because of an injury but today she just put it out of her mind and she played tough and took the angle away from them on a number of attempts and that made the difference."

Dulaney, which has been the state runner-up the past two seasons to Centennial, had early opportunities of its own but the wet field, coupled with the solid effort by Chesapeake goalie Sandra Norris (11 saves), kept the Lions scoreless for nearly 78 minutes.

Sullivan said he was happy with his team's ability to silence Dulaney's prolific scorer Aimee Vaughan (41 goals, 11 assists) and junior midfielder Abby Bausman (20, 14), but was disturbed at the number of shots his team squandered.

"We had opportunities to win it and the opportunistic plays that we have been making all season long, well, today they just didn't drop for us," said Sullivan.

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