3rd breakaway is a 1-0 charm for speedy No. 3 Roland Park Ryan's race 12: 41 from end puts Reds past McDonogh

September 20, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Roland Park forward Elizabeth Ryan could not be happier about the elimination of the offside rule.

"We have a lot of speed, so not having to worry about being offside helps a lot," said Ryan. "I stay up more, and I'm ready to go."

Most often, Ryan is the benefactor of long drives from center midfielder Erin McInnes. Yesterday, they connected for the only goal as the No. 3 Reds (5-0 overall, 1-0 league) slipped past No. 7 McDonogh, 1-0, in an Association of Independent Schools A Division Homer League game.

Ryan chased down McInnes' drive, dribbled in from the right, drew Eagles goalie Sabrina Gill and fired into the far corner with 12: 41 left in the game.

"I was just hoping I'd get it, because I had two [breakaways] before that," said Ryan. "The first time, I went high. The other time, I tried to go around her. Last time, I just aimed, and it worked."

The McDonogh (2-2-1 overall, 0-2 league) defense frustrated Ryan -- and the rest of the host Reds -- through the first half.

Freshman goalie Gill, who finished with eight saves, stopped both of Ryan's early breaks, including a reaching glove save as Ryan went for a high corner. Back Kim Yeargin blocked another attempt by Ryan -- a drive off a penalty corner.

In the half, the Reds came up empty despite five shots and five corners.

"We did a really good job of keeping them out," said Yeargin. "Since we were playing man-to-man, we kept them from finding open holes to hit into."

Despite being outshot 12-6, McDonogh controlled the ball better than did the Reds, who abandoned their short-passing game in favor of longer drives, especially in the first half.

"We weren't maintaining ball possession like we normally do," said Reds coach Debbie Bloodsworth. "In the first half, we weren't our usual to-the-ball selves. It's because of the way McDonogh played that we were hanging back. They were on every ball. We were frustrated easily, and we didn't have composure on defense."

All-Metro center Sara Herman controlled the midfield for the Eagles, who managed two shots on corners in the first nine minutes of the game. Reds keeper Gretchen Crook stopped both.

Crook, who finished with five saves, also thwarted the Eagles best second-half opportunity, blocking a Beth Hurtt shot. Her save started the drive that Ryan converted into the game winner a minute later.

Pub Date: 9/20/97

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