McDonogh frustrates John Carroll No. 4 Eagles sluggish in 2-0 victory over No. 8 Patriots

September 12, 1996|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

McDonogh's 2-0 victory over John Carroll (1-1) in Bel Air yesterday turned out to be less than a showcase for two of the area's top 10 teams, and there weren't too may frames for a highlight film.

Maurice Boylan, who had seen his Eagles earn national recognition a year ago with Player of the Year Laurie Schwoy and an 18-3-2 record, called it, "winning ugly," and counterpart John Hughes, in his first season coaching girls soccer after enjoying years of success as John Carroll's boys soccer coach, summed up his feelings as "frustration."

Sophomores Marissa Schuchat and Krista Killian got the goals, one in each half, respectively, and Erin Riedy picked up an assist on the second one for the No. 4-ranked winners.

Both goals were somewhat tainted, however, as the first was on a deflection into an unguarded side of the goal, and the other was a misplay by goalkeeper Paige Lozaskie, who was coming off a solid effort in her side's win at Fallston last week.

Eighth-ranked John Carroll dominated much of the play, including several scoring chances from right at the goal-mouth, but could not finish any of them.

Credit for some of this goes to sweeper Laura Schroeder and keeper Laura Fawley, who ended with 11 saves, seven in the second half when the Patriots forced the action with speed and aggressiveness.

John Carroll, which had eliminated McDonogh in the semifinals of last year's Catholic League tournament, outshot the visitors, 16-12.

The Patriots got good efforts from forward Laura Tiburzi, midfielder Katie Tiburzi, and sweeper Bonnie Zilka. Katie McAvoy and Meg Gunning, who had the goals in the 2-1 win against Fallston, had their efforts blunted.

"In other games, we had been able to pass the ball out of the back, but they disrupted that," said Schroeder, a junior. "As it was, we had to simply kick it out of danger."

As for presenting a "new look," she added, "In years past, we always had one big gun up top, but now it's more of a committee effort. Everybody gets involved. I like it better, and feel comfortable with it."

Everybody has to get involved because the school has a JV, too, and Boylan kept only 15 on the varsity, several of whom are in various stages of recovery from injuries.

The Eagles have only three seniors -- starters Carol Gent and Amy Jakobe, and reserve Jen Lapovsky.

Boylan cites a team balance among the classes, including three freshmen starters. "It's more of a team," he said.

Pub Date: 9/12/96

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