This time, McDonogh doesn't get tied down

October 08, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

The last time top-ranked McDonogh met Mercy on the soccer field, the Eagles settled for a 2-2 tie in this year's season opener despite giving up only five shots on goal.

Yesterday, in the rematch, McDonogh again allowed just five shots. But this time the result was quite different.

The host Eagles, ranked No. 3 nationally by USA Today, outshot area No. 9 Mercy, 24-5, and All-American striker Laurie Schwoy had a goal and an assist to lead her team to a 2-0 win in a Catholic League A Division game.

The hosts dominated throughout the game and came within inches of scoring at least twice more against the Sharpshooters, who were playing without standout striker Heather Miskiewicz, out with strep throat.

But it was also evident that being No. 1, might be taking its toll on the Eagles (13-0-1 overall, 7-0-1 in the league).

"It's so tough for these kids to get up for every game," said McDonogh co-coach Maurice Boylan Jr., whose team at times became frustrated with the aggressiveness of the upset-minded Sharpshooters (6-2-2, 4-1-2).

"We're nationally ranked, and everybody is out to get us. It's difficult to overcome."

The Eagles picked up two yellow cards. Schwoy, who used her superior moves to play havoc with Mercy's defense all day long, drew one of them.

"Every game until the end of the season is going to be the same way," said Schwoy. "I just have to get used to it."

But the junior still managed to stay on her game.

She put the Eagles on top, 1-0, just 3:55 into the game. On a direct kick from 25 yards out, Schwoy hit a perfect ball, angling it high enough to fall just over the outstretched hands of goalie Lisa Olszewski and into the net.

Later in the half, another try by the striker from just about the same spot hit the top of the crossbar and bounced out of play.

Schwoy also played a role in McDonogh's other goal near halftime.

After Kara Cristaldi sent a corner kick in front of the goal, Schwoy headed the ball to Kendra Powell, who easily scored from the right side of the goal with 8:30 to play before halftime.

Mercy had its best scoring chance midway through the second half, but Jennifer Domanowski's breakaway attempt was met with a diving save by McDonogh goalie Laura Fawley.

Despite the loss, Mercy coach Bob Doerfler praised his team's effort, saying that the loss of Miskiewicz, as well as one of their starting fullbacks, made a big difference.

"I think it would've been a much tougher game," he said. "I think we played them as hard as we could for what we had."

For McDonogh, however, it was another day, another lopsided win.

"We didn't play overly well, but we didn't make any big mistakes either," said Boylan. "The bottom line is we won the game."

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