Roland Park overcomes slow start to spoil Friends' bid for upset, 7-6

April 18, 1996|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Successive goals by Tammy Passano and Kristin Raneri provided visiting Roland Park with what turned out to be the winning edge as it thwarted a tenacious Friends effort, 7-6, yesterday.

The two came within a three-minute span, as Passano's broke a 5-5 tie and Raneri's insurance shot four minutes from the end became the game-winner after Maddie Franklin scored for Friends two minutes later.

The Quakers (3-4-1, 1-2) had the game's last shot, but Roland Park goalkeeper Melissa Coyne was equal to the challenge, coming away with a save against Emily Santos.

The victory in the AIS A Division Sinclair League meeting enabled the No. 6 Reds (5-2, 1-0) to get back on the winning track after being de-railed in a pair of losses in its tournament last Saturday. "We talked about that Saturday, then put it behind us," said first-year coach Traci Magness.

Still, the team must have wondered what was going on when it fell behind 2-0 in the first two minutes. Midway of the half, Roland Park got it going, as Hedy Born scored twice and teammates Passano and Lizzy Bennett made it 4-2. Friends battled right back to get a tie on Lydia Ries' second goal and one by Maron Deering.

"We've been a little inconsistent, but we keep working at it, plugging those gaps, and we're getting better," Magness added.

One aspect of the Reds' game improved dramatically during the contest, because sophomore Erin McInnes lost the first three draws, then got most of the rest as she and Reagan Raneri proved to be a solid controlling combination.

"We needed the draws, didn't need shots at Coyne's stick side, and a few times we needed better decisions," Friends coach Carol Samuels said. "Overall, though, I was pleased. We had good effort."

Born's goals were the sparks that got Roland Park going. "They were important because they got us back on the upswing," said Magness, and co-captain Meredith Shuey agreed.

"Once she scored, we were OK," Shuey said.

Pub Date: 4/18/96

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