Roland Park routs Notre Dame Prep

September 30, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Roland Park coach Debbie Bloodsworth, after seeing her team play inconsistently at times in its first two games, said she wanted a good effort for the whole game against Notre Dame Prep.

She got her wish.

And then some.

No. 11 Roland Park scored on five of its first 10 shots and saw eight players either score or post an assist, and the Reds routed No. 8 Notre Dame Prep, 6-1, in an Association of Independent Schools A Division Odd League game yesterday.

Roland Park (2-1, 2-0) struggled early in its season-opening loss to Pikesville, but played better for much of its victory against McDonogh. In this game, however, the Reds put it all together.

"I wanted them to play the whole 50 minutes," said Bloodsworth. "We did play well."

Erin McInnes (one goal, one assist) gave the Reds a 1-0 lead 6:30 into the game, but the Pirates tied it 45 seconds later on a Kate Kaiser score.

After that, it was all Roland Park. Lizzie Bennett (two goals) beat goalie Ali Helmstetter (five saves) with a low shot with 13:50 left in the half. Just 2:07 later, McInnes sent a ball toward Bennett on a corner hit, and she blasted another low shot in for a 3-1 halftime lead.

Notre Dame Prep (1-2, 0-1) tried to rally in the second half, but Roland Park quickly stopped the charge.

Kellie MacDougall (one goal, one assist) took a Meg Price (two assists) pass -- again off a corner hit -- and fired a shot that took a bad hop into the cage only 2:47 into the half. And, 59 seconds later, Cameron Proctor took a Page Watts pass and scored again. Hedy Born finished the scoring later with an assist from MacDougall -- after another corner hit.

Both teams finished with 15 shots, but Roland Park repeatedly made smart passes to set up good shots. The Reds also used their speed to often beat Notre Dame Prep to the ball and eventually spark scoring chances.

"It all came together," said MacDougall. "It just seemed like we clicked so much more."

The Pirates did not quit, as they kept trying to push the ball upfield. Notre Dame Prep had 15 shots, but Roland Park goalie Meredith Shuey (11 saves) and her defense limited the Pirates to the one goal.

Notre Dame Prep coach Kathleen Gower said she still thought her team had a shot at halftime, despite trailing by two.

"I don't think they could quite recover from the [two] goals," said Gower. "It just killed their momentum."

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