St. Mary's gets even with McDonogh with 2-0 victory Girls soccer

November 05, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

St. Mary's couldn't ask for much more following last night's 2-0 victory over McDonogh in the Catholic League A Division semifinals at Utz Field.

The win not only avenged past playoff losses to the Eagles but gives the Saints an opportunity to play the metro area's top-ranked team -- the Catholic Cubs -- for the Catholic League title at 5: 15 tomorrow at Patterson Park.

For a while yesterday, the Saints didn't know if they were going to get another shot at Catholic, a team that had defeated them during the regular season.

But, sophomore midfielder Maria Smear ended much of the suspense in the 69th minute when she sent a weak clearing pass over the outstretched arms of McDonogh goalkeeper Laura Fawley.

"We really wanted to beat McDonogh because when they had ZTC [Laurie] Schwoy they would always knock us out every year," said Smear. "This is our year."

As for the game-winner?

"These goals are higher than normal goals so we were shooting high," said Smear. "I knew one would eventually go in.

The Saints (15-2-1) added an insurance goal with 1: 54 left in the game as freshman Morgan Thalenburg broke loose down the sideline before feeding Erin Coppedge.

"We're a very young team and we gave it everything we had. St. Mary's was just physically stronger and bigger than us," said McDonogh co-coach Maurice Boylan, who shares coaching duties with Georgia Holland. "Athletically, they were bigger. It looked like their kids were all wearing large and extra-large shorts and ours were wearing smalls and mediums."

The Eagles (12-7-2) were outshot in the contest 13-11, but St. Mary's goalie Jennifer Corradini was only called on to make one save.

"As usual, McDonogh came to play today and they played a very nice ballgame," said Saints coach Jerry Tobin. "Maurice [Boylan] always has his team prepared. We got a couple of easier goals than we did the first two games against them, but we still had to work for most everything we have. My kids played hard and they played well."

The Saints lost to Catholic, 1-0, during the regular season and Tobin expects a similarly close matchup in tomorrow's final.

"I expect another bang-up game," said Tobin. "Catholic is a very talented club."

Catholic 3, John Carroll 0

Natalie Loftus scored a goal and assisted Allison Merkle on another as top-ranked and top-seeded Catholic rolled past the Patriots of Harford County in last night's other semifinal game at Patterson Park.

Becky Bieneman opened the scoring for the Cubs (15-1-1) in the 28th minute. Loftus scored the second goal 15 minutes into the second half.

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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