Balance buoys McDonogh, 5-1

October 04, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

For No. 7 Wilde Lake, the strategy seemed simple -- stop super striker Laurie Schwoy and stop No. 1 McDonogh. Pulling it off wasn't so simple.

Yesterday, the Wildecats held All-American Schwoy, who already had scored 39 goals this season, to one goal and one assist. Still, they could not stop the Eagles, who got goals from four other players en route to a 5-1 victory.

"As my assistant, Anita [Anderson], said, 'The operation was a success, but the patient died,' " said Wilde Lake coach Rick Wilson. "I think we did a fairly good job [on Schwoy]. She pretty much controls what they do, and if you can knock her down like St. Mary's did [in a 2-1 McDonogh win], you give yourself an opportunity. I take my hat off to the McDonogh team. Everyone else stepped up."

Julie Baker, Kara Cristaldi, Natalie Cox and Kendra Powell scored for the host Eagles (11-0-1 overall, 5-0-1 league). McDonogh also got a strong defensive effort, especially from sweeper Cristaldi.

"Matching us up, it was almost like we were even, but we came through and we won the balls and finished when we had the opportunity," said Cristaldi. "A lot of teams think, 'Laurie Schwoy, she's the core of their team,' but I think we proved today that we have skills throughout as far as scoring ability."

The Wildecats (3-2, 0-0) never mounted a lot of offense as the Eagles outshot them 23-10. With Lindsay Waxler away on a college visit and Kristen Riismandel busy marking Schwoy on the double team with stopper Carrie Brelsford, the Wildecats' attack was missing its top two scoring threats.

Freshman Bridget White scored the Wildecats' goal in the 29th minute, cutting the Eagles' lead to 2-1. White booted the ball out of a crowd of defenders at the edge of the box for the goal.

A few minutes later, Amanda Berman just missed wide on a corner kick from White.

The Eagles all but finished off Wilde Lake when Siobhan Hayes was called for a push on Schwoy in front of the net just as time expired in the half. Schwoy easily scored past diving Wildecats keeper Tonya Dedmond for a 3-1 halftime lead.

Early on, Schwoy set up the Eagles' first goal with a perfectly placed direct kick from about 25 yards out. The ball skimmed off Baker's head past Dedmond (11 saves).

"Laurie's in such a class by herself," said Eagles coach Maurice Boylan Jr. "They have to mark her so tightly that she drags two and three people around the field constantly."

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