Schaeffer lifts Perry Hall to 1-0 victory over Hereford Senior transfer steps up for No. 3 Gators

September 23, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

When Aubrey Schaeffer transferred this fall from Mercy to Perry Hall, she feared she might not fit in with her new teammates.

Instead, the No. 3 Gators could not be happier with the new addition to their line especially after Schaeffer scored the only goal in last night's 1-0 victory over No. 14 Hereford.

"Aubrey was a godsend," said Perry Hall coach Pat Sokoloski. "She fit right into the starting lineup without skipping a beat. She brings us a little bit more ball sense and a little bit more touch."

Schaeffer certainly had the touch last night at Hereford.

Midway through the second half, the senior forward changed the direction of a game that appeared destined to end in a scoreless tie.

After a push call on Hereford, Elsa Ermer took the direct kick near midfield and crossed it inside the box. Bulls All-Metro goalie Kate MacFarlane came out to play the ball, but Schaeffer sneaked in on the diagonal, edged the ball past MacFarlane and scored.

"I thought she had it," said Schaeffer. "She's a great goalie. I was really surprised."

MacFarlane had come out to play Ermer's kick, but Schaeffer got there first. "It came across and she barely touched it with her shoulder," said MacFarlane. "I didn't think she was going to get there, but she did."

Otherwise, MacFarlane played a tremendous game, making eight saves.

The Gators (4-0 overall, 2-0 league) dominated the first 20 minutes, but MacFarlane stole their best two scoring opportunities with a couple of diving grabs. The rest of the Bulls' defense also thwarted a handful of Gators drives.

On the other hand, the Gators' defense also played strong despite missing All-Metro stopper Jessa Phoebus, out with a pulled quadriceps muscle, and despite losing sweeper Lisa Goddard to a sprained ankle in the first half.

But the Gators have bolstered their defense since early in the season, and goalie Stephanie Koman (five saves) bailed out her teammates on a couple close calls.

"We're thinking more now," said Susan Fortkiewicz, who started at stopper then moved to sweeper when Goddard went down. "We're anticipating more before we get the ball. We're trying not to just kick it out and clear it, but we're trying to get more passing as a clear."

For the Bulls (2-2, 0-2), there were opportunities to tie, particularly one in the final five minutes that both coaches thought should have resulted in a penalty kick. Instead, there was no call when Fortkiewicz collided with Bulls striker Melissa Mueller right in front of the net and Koman came up with the ball.

"[Mueller] beat one girl on the dribble. Then she came through and was going to her right foot," said Hereford coach Steve Power. "[Fortkiewicz] kind of tripped her, pushed her, whatever."

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