Bryn Mawr, McDonogh struggle to scoreless tie Veteran defenses limit even chances for shots

September 25, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

It sure hasn't taken long for the Association of Independent Schools' A Division to show its parity.

The ties already are starting to pile up. The latest -- yesterday's 0-0 standoff between No. 4 Bryn Mawr and No. 11 McDonogh.

"You see a lot of ties every year," said McDonogh's Sara Herman. "The A Division just has great competition."

The host Eagles (3-0-2) went into yesterday's non-league game having outscored their last three opponents, 14-0. Bryn Mawr (2-0-1) had been just as impressive in taking wins from ranked teams Fallston and Arundel by a combined 5-1 edge.

But yesterday, both teams struggled to get off only a few shots each -- thanks in large part to a pair of veteran defenses.

Eagles Sisa Suriel, Kim Yeargin, Kristen Doub and Kristen Lyall managed to hold off the Mawrtians despite seven penalty corners. Goalie Alison Friedman came way out of the cage to make most of her five saves and at least a half-dozen critical clears.

"Their defense seemed fairly flat, and we just couldn't get through it," said Mawrtians forward Kim Smith. "Just to get through it would have been an open goal."

The Mawrtians' defense also had a stellar outing. Halfback Rachel Arnot made the most important play for Bryn Mawr just seven minutes into the game.

Herman started the push for the Eagles with a long shot that Mawrtians keeper Ellen Phillips saved, but another shot came right back at the cage. With Phillips out to play the first ball, Arnot had slipped in behind her and deflected the second shot away.

"I just feel comfortable behind the goalie," said Arnot. "I like to get in there, just in case."

Mawrtian defenders Gailor Large, Jen Coughlin, Robin MacColl, Brooke Wheeler, Lisa Park and Arnot held McDonogh to only six shots on goal even though the Eagles had the ball at Bryn Mawr end most of the second half. Phillips finished with two saves.

Each team had a chance to score in the last six minutes.

Bryn Mawr's opportunity came first when Smith stole the ball and went in for a shot that Friedman saved. The Mawrtians then had back-to-back penalty corners. Coughlin's shot on the second one carried just wide of the cage.

In the final two minutes, Phillips saved an Eagles shot, but McDonogh ended up with a penalty corner, only its second of the game. Ashlee Silver fired a shot that also went wide.

Pub Date: 9/25/96

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