Chesapeake-AA captures 4A East region Cougars edge Dulaney, 1-0, in double overtime

November 04, 1995|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Christina McGuire's name hasn't shown up on the stats page often this season. Chesapeake-AA's senior attacker entered yesterday's Class 4A East final at Dulaney having scored one goal all year.

But as the Lions found out, when she does score, she makes it count.

McGuire scored the game's only goal with nine seconds left in sudden-death double overtime to lift the Cougars to a 1-0 win over Dulaney.

Chesapeake (11-5) advances to Wednesday's Class 4A state semifinal at Goucher College, where it will play Severna Park for the third time this season.

Last year, the Cougars lost the regional title to Severna Park in the second round of a stroke-off. For Chesapeake, that made winning yesterday even more important.

"After last year, the girls really wanted the regional championship and they really wanted another crack at Severna Park," said Chesapeake coach Jerry Raab.

McGuire did her part to help give it to them.

The Cougars, who had outshot the Lions, 15-0, in regulation, time and again had prime scoring opportunities thwarted by Dulaney's tough defense.

Just over 10 minutes into the game, Kristen Bonk's point-blank ++ shot was kick saved by Dulaney goalie Heather Benson. Then, late in the second half, a shot by McGuire rolled just wide left.

With the game looking as if it would have to be decided on penalty strokes -- where Dulaney (8-6) could easily have snatched it away -- McGuire found the back of the cage after Sara Keil's penalty corner.

"Erin Piechowiak hit it through, the goalie kind of kicked it a little and I just pushed it in between her pads," said McGuire.

It was the senior's second game-winning goal in double overtime this season, the other coming against Annapolis.

Said Raab: "She always runs with the second group because she's a little slower than the rest, but she just has the ability to dribble down the field and put it in."

Dulaney nearly won the game in double overtime on Georgine Govignon's shot off a pass from Mary Enoch.

"It's tough to lose, but we really played well," said Dulaney first-year coach Anita Crotty. "We have a young team, and it really could have gone either way. We were being pounded defensively and we held up."

Dulaney was trying to make the state semifinals for the first time since 1986.

For Chesapeake, it will be another date with Severna Park. Though the Cougars have lost to the Falcons, 1-0 and 4-1, players say that this time will be different.

"It's like revenge for us," said McGuire. "We want to take states this year just for everything that's ever happened to us. We're really determined. We might have been the underdogs when this started, but we're coming to win it."

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