Severn's second-half rally ties up NDP, 1-1 Pirates' first-half score isn't enough vs. Admirals

September 25, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The goal Whitney Scheiner scored for Notre Dame Prep 90 seconds into yesterday's game with Severn sparked the host Pirates to dominate the rest of the first half.

But the Admirals controlled the second half, and Bess Freedlander's goal with 17: 23 left gave No. 2 Severn a 1-1 tie with No. 10 Notre Dame Prep in an Association of Independent Schools A Division game.

This contest truly seemed like two separate games.

Notre Dame Prep (2-0-1, 0-0-1) out-shot Severn (4-0-2, 0-0-2) by 6-1 in the first half and came up with several scoring chances.

The second half belonged to the Admirals. They kept possession for most of the 25 minutes and out-shot the Pirates, 8-3. Severn also came up with eight penalty corners and numerous good shots.

"We stepped up the pressure in the second half," said Severn coach Renie Sotiropoulos. "We just got more aggressive between the 25 and the 25 [yard lines]."

The Admirals needed to get aggressive to rally from the early deficit. Scheiner gave the Pirates the quick lead by scoring from the doorstep, off a pass from Sofia Lyford-Pike.

"This was a big game for us," said Kate Kaiser of Notre Dame Prep. "That first goal really lifted our spirits."

Kaiser nearly lifted her team's spirits even more with seven minutes left in the half. She burst through the Severn defense, but had the ball knocked away by Admirals goalie Molly Arey (five saves). The ball then rolled free in front of the cage before Biff Moorshead cleared it.

Kaiser broke in on Arey again during the first minute of the second half, but the goalie again knocked the ball away. Severn took over after that, sparked by Freedlander, Jen Hartman and Amy Galebach.

Hartman got a close shot that rolled wide with about 20 minutes left in the game. But the Admirals converted their next chance, as Freedlander scored from in front to tie the game.

"I just tapped it in," said Freedlander. "We had our chances to score [at other times], and it just didn't happen."

Severn kept possession for much of the second half. Time after time, the Admirals pushed the ball into the Notre Dame Prep end but could not put the ball past Pirates goalie Tina Morrissey, who made all eight of her saves in the second half.

But it was Notre Dame Prep that had the best chance to break the tie when Kaiser got a penalty stroke with 5: 45 left. Arey knocked the shot away, and neither team came close to scoring the rest of the way.

"Our support system kind of fell apart in the second half," said NDP coach Kathleen Gower. "We had a hard time getting it up to the offense."

Pub Date: 9/25/96

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