Park goalie Shapiro stonewalls Garrison Forest

October 28, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Goalie Rebecca Shapiro saved Park yesterday.

Shapiro made eight saves -- three on breakaways -- to help No. 11 Park play visiting and No. 5 Garrison Forest to a scoreless tie in an Association of Independent Schools A Division Even League game.

The freshman goalie started by making her first two saves on breakaways. She ended by making some key stops in the game's final minutes as Garrison Forest (7-0-2, 2-0-2) applied plenty of pressure.

"She was phenomenal," said Park coach Barb Purkey. "She just gets better and better."

Shapiro's aggressive style repeatedly helped Park (6-1-3, 1-1-2). For Garrison Forest, Missy Hopkins took a Lauren Klein pass and broke in alone on Shapiro just five minutes into the game. But Shapiro ventured far out of the cage to make a sliding save.

A few minutes later, Shapiro struck again. Klein got loose deep in Park territory, but the goalie once more came out and made the save. Shapiro stopped Klein again early in the second half on yet another breakaway, ranging far out to cut down Klein's angle.

"I'm not going to let them come two feet from me and get a shot," said Shapiro. "No matter how good of a goalie you are, you aren't going to stop it."

And Shapiro had to stop it many times. Garrison Forest outshot Park, 10-3, and kept the pressure on, especially in the second half.

The Grizzlies -- who have outscored opponents, 21-1 -- got seven of their shots in a second half in which they often controlled play. Park, which got good defensive efforts from Irit Altman and Alexa Wilder, rarely let Garrison Forest have many open shots. Even though the Grizzlies often pushed the ball into the circle, they rarely found clear shots.

"They put a lot of pressure on the ball," said Garrison Forest coach Micul Ann Morse. "They didn't let us run."

Still, the Grizzlies kept attacking. They nearly scored with seven minutes left, but Shapiro kicked away a Tricia Ward shot. Garrison Forest missed another chance with just over a minute left when the ball popped up in the air in front of the goal, but Park cleared it.

The best chance for Park came with about five minutes left on a loose ball in front, but Garrison Forest goalie Jacque Weitzel knocked it away.

Garrison Forest, meanwhile, had its chances, but Shapiro stopped every one of them.

"We were getting more and more excited," said Hopkins. "Our momentum kept building as time went on. But we just couldn't score."

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