Schwoy's 3 goals lead McDonogh to A title

November 08, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

That its opponent was St. Mary's in last night's Catholic League girls soccer title game at Utz Field was all the motivation needed for top-ranked McDonogh.

The Eagles, ranked No. 5 by USA Today, entered the game with a 40-0-2 unbeaten streak, last losing to the Saints in the tournament semifinals in November of 1992 after beating them twice earlier.

And after edging the Saints, 1-0, in their first meeting this season, McDonogh tied them, 3-3, despite a hat trick by Laurie Schwoy.

Schwoy (69 goals, 23 assists) scored three times again last night -- all in the first half -- but this time the goals stood for a 3-0 decision and the second straight tournament crown for the Eagles (21-0-2).

The first came 11:56 into the game after receiving a throw-in from Julie Baker in the penalty area with her back to the goal and two defenders on her. After dribbling twice to her right, Schwoy turned and chipped a slow, left-footed shot in the opposite corner past frozen keeper Jen Corradini (eight saves).

Ten minutes later, Schwoy blasted her second goal in from 20 yards after taking a short pass from Baker.

Three minutes before halftime, sweeper Kara Cristaldi's corner kick found Schwoy at the far post for a header.

From there, Cristaldi, keeper Lauren Mishner (five saves), midfielder Susie Pitt and defenders Liz French, Michelle Harrison and Alaina Lawson anchored the Eagles to their 13th shutout of the year, tying the school record of a year ago.

"The first time we played them was my first game at sweeper, and we just played poorly the second time," said Cristaldi. "There was so much pressure on us this year, but we handled it well, and established ourselves as a soccer power."

St. Mary's (13-6-1) was outshot, 13-1 in the first half, and 22-7 for the game, but pressured well offensively in the second half. It also received solid defensive support from Corradini, Tina Fedarcyk, Kristin Hagert and Marianne Gioffre, the latter clearing a header by Schwoy in the first half.

"We came out a little tentatively, but that's what can happen with a young team," said Saints coach Jerry Tobin, who starts four seniors. "A goal in the second half might possibly have been a momentum swing for us."

"We reviewed the films and went over our mistakes," said Schwoy. "We had key marks on [Erin] Hon and [Kristin] Buckley and our defense really pulled together tonight."

A second-half header by Maeghan O'Doherty would have gone inside the near post had Mishner not tipped it away. Still, it had enough backspin that it bounced toward an empty goal before Lawson cleared it .

Moments later, Mishner squared herself nicely to grab Buckley's 25-yard direct kick, which came in from her left. Mishner, who also snagged a volley by Katie Kilby, was caught out of position when Melissa Murphy's low, goal-bound blast caromed off the base of the far post.

"We just didn't let them get that first goal in, and that made up for everything," said Lawson. "This was a sweet, sweet victory."

Laura Fawley, a freshman, made one save after replacing Mishner with six minutes left in the ame.

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