St. Paul's beat goes on, as McDonogh falls, 1-0 Sophomore's goal extends Gators' streak to 17 games

September 18, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

St. Paul's coach Eileen Alban couldn't help wondering who would replace two of last year's seniors who combined for 15 goals and six assists in the Gators' unbeaten, championship season.

Yesterday, she got her first indication.

Sophomore Jenny Landsman scored midway through the first half and played a significant role in helping host No. 5-ranked St. Paul's outshoot No. 7 McDonogh, 15-5, en route to a 1-0 season-opening victory.

The win extended the Gators' Association of Independent Schools A Division unbeaten streak to 17 games, and they haven't lost a regular-season game in nearly three years.

Despite the loss of so much punch -- All-Metro Player of the Year Sarah Oglesby and All-Metro forward Mills Hook -- from her lineup, Alban said her team's performance was a pleasant surprise.

"I was hoping that they jelled today, and they did a really good job," said Alban.

Despite scoring just once, the Gators had several good scoring opportunities, including a point-blank shot by Lauren Dahdah six LTC minutes into the game that Eagles goalie Sabrina Gill (five saves) blocked.

With 14: 02 left in the first half, however, Landsman finally broke through, hitting a hard grounder from 10 yards out that beat Gill to her right to make it 1-0.

"I do better when I shoot from outside, so I sort of turned around and hit it," Landsman said. "I was hoping that it would either go in or someone would deflect it in."

After a shaky beginning, McDonogh (2-1-1 overall, 0-1-1 in the league) came on strong late in the second half, pressuring the goal for the final five minutes with four shots and four penalty corners, but to no avail. Their best shot may have come shortly after halftime, when Sara Herman's hard grounder rolled just wide right.

"We finished strongly and that's something we're trying to work on -- finishing every play strongly," said McDonogh coach Cathy Schorreck.

Pub Date: 9/18/97

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