Mercy, McDonogh battle to 0-0 tie No. 5 Magic shoots more but can't solve Fawley

September 26, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Fifth-ranked Mercy and No. 9 McDonogh played the kind of soccer game yesterday that either could have won -- but neither did.

The Catholic League A Division rivals battled to a 0-0 stalemate at Mercy's home field, North Harford Rec Field in Northeast Baltimore.

Both teams showed all kinds of offense, and both narrowly missed all kinds of shots.

Mercy had the edge in shots, 26-15, and in near misses, but McDonogh keeper Laura Fawley made four point-blank saves and another snare almost on the goal line to preserve the shutout.

Fawley, who finished with 14 saves, snuffed the Magic's best rally midway through the second half on a series that began with Jessie Steck's direct kick from 30 yards away. The shot hit the top of crossbar and caromed high in the air. Tina Steck got under it, but headed it straight back up.

"When it went back up," said Fawley, "I went over my sweeper and punched it out, but it hit the other girl and came in. Luckily, was there to save it. It almost went over the line. All my team piled on top of me trying to get it out."

Earlier in the half, the Magic (7-0-1 overall, 3-0-1 league) suffered a big blow when right wing Shannon Cohen was ejected after officials said she kicked the ball while Fawley had it in her hands.

That came after another close call with Tina Steck chasing a long ball from the midfield. Fawley grabbed the ball and then lost it. As she dove to smother it, Cohen collided with her.

"That hurt us a lot," said Mercy coach Jerry Friedline, whose team played the final 16 minutes a player short and will be without Cohen for an automatic two-game suspension. "To me, it looked like [Fawley] didn't have clear control. That was a call that could have gone either way."

The extra-man advantage didn't seem to help the Eagles (4-2-1, 2-1-1), who had some of their best chances on three Laura Schroeder direct kicks from 30 to 40 yards out. Each time, she missed a corner by about a foot.

With four freshman on his 13-girl roster, McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan Jr. could not be too upset about the tie.

"I actually liked the look on [the Eagles] faces -- we were disappointed in a tie," said Boylan. "We played with a lot of heart. [Mercy is] supposed to be a great team this year. A tie -- away -- against a team that's 7-0 is not so bad."

Pub Date: 9/26/96

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