25-yard goal shocks Bowie, gives Arundel a title shot Beardsley scores, ending keeper's 2-year zero-streak

Girls soccer

November 10, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Arundel's Becky Beardsley was 25 yards out on the right wing last night when she suddenly turned and drilled a shot at Bowie goalkeeper Kristen Songer, who had not allowed a goal in 29 games over two seasons.

No one on the Bowie bench seemed concerned as the ball flew toward Songer. They figured Songer would do what she has always done -- stop the ball.

But this was no ordinary shot. The ball bounced in front of Songer, skipped high into the air and disappeared into the back of the net.

The seemingly impossible had happened. Songer had been scored on, and Arundel had a 1-0 lead with 12: 17 left in a state Class 4A-3A semifinal at Severna Park.

Bowie fought back relentlessly, but Arundel goalkeeper Maria Drury was in a zone last night and refused to let the ball go in the net, enabling Arundel to hold on for a 1-0 victory and advance to Saturday's Class 4A-3A state championship game. The Wildcats will face Fallston at Dundalk Community College at 2: 30 p.m.

Drury made 13 saves against very big, extremely fast and physical Bowie, which had dominated almost everybody on their Prince George's County schedule. Bowie (13-1-1) had outscored the opposition, 68-0, entering the matchup with fifth-ranked Arundel (16-1).

The Bulldogs took Arundel's two big-scoring guns, Kelly Jordan and Polly Williams, out of the offense much of the game, but the PG squad wasn't quite prepared for Beardsley's long-range fire.

"Coaches [Tom] Degner and [Marianne] Shultz have been telling me all season to shoot those long shots, so I did tonight," said Beardsley, who like Jordan, is a sophomore. "It made me feel good to score against Bowie, because I play club ball [Free State Fury] with many of their players. None of them said anything to me."

Drury had a lot of help last night, not only from stingy Arundel defenders, but the post also took care of five Bowie shots.

"We were lucky to win," said Degner. "If the goal is 24 1/2 feet wide instead of 24-feet, it would have been a blowout. They say good things happen to good teams, and that came true tonight. We started playing in the second half after watching a lot in the first half."

Degner said Bowie stopped Jordan, who entered the game with 21 goals and eight assists, by putting "someone on her who is as fast as she is."

Junior Kelly Johnson marked Jordan and interrupted the give-and-go game she loves to play with teammate Williams, who had five goals and eight assists entering the Bowie game.

Despite Beardsley's goal and Drury's super play in the net, Arundel still might have been forced into overtime if sophomore defender Rebecca Langendorf had not headed a ball out of trouble with 7: 24 left as the Bulldogs unleashed three consecutive shots on goal from point-blank range.

"I wasn't worried," said Langendorf. "I knew we were going to win."

Drury wasn't quite that sure a few seconds before Langendorf came through with the key clear. She was forced to make a spectacular save on a Patty Hill shot from seven yards out.

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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