Late goal by Mercy is good for 2-2 tie against McDonogh Battle of ranked teams ends without a winner

Girls soccer

September 24, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan told his players before yesterday's game, "We should win, 3-0."

But after overcoming an early deficit and dominating for a long stretch, Boylan had to accept a 2-2 tie against rival Mercy. The Catholic League A Division does not play overtime games during the regular season.

"We outshot C. Milton Wright, 35-7 -- tied them. Outshot Oakland Mills, 29-3 -- lost in OT. Outshot Mount Hebron, 23-8 -- lost in OT," said Boylan, whose No. 12-ranked Eagles outshot No. 3 Mercy by 18-10 yesterday. "It's been our story all year."

Trailing, 2-1, with four minutes to play, her back to the goal and a defender on her, Mercy's Jessie Steck -- standing 10 yards from the far end line -- hoisted a right-footed volley into the net's opposite corner. McDonogh keeper Laura Fawley (seven saves) had no chance.

"I saw the goalie in the corner of my eye, so I swung my body around to get the far post," said Steck. "I chest-trapped it and volleyed with my right foot."

The Magic (6-1-2 overall, 1-1-1 league) had come off a 5-2 loss to No. 1 Catholic -- the nation's fifth-ranked team -- during which Catholic's All-Metro striker Nicole Brooks scored four times.

McDonogh (3-2-3, 1-1-1) lost, 3-2, to Catholic, but defender Kellan Hoover marked Brooks to one shot.

"This game was as tough as I expected," said Mercy's first-year coach Kevin Cromwell. "They held the ball, sent numbers forward, made it very difficult. We pressured more late in the game, which paid off."

Kaitie Schuyler gave Mercy a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game off a short header, but the Magic went without a shot for the next 40 minutes.

The Eagles' Marisa Schuchat (11 goals, five assists this season), Lisa Zanti (six, three), Lauren Paul, Katie Nelson, Jessica Shadoff and Jamey Hupp led the charge. But Mercy defenders Judith Vojik, Caitlin Olkowski and Abby Pysik rose to meet it.

Schuchat, the league's third-leading scorer, netted both McDonogh goals, in the 28th minute of the first half and 12 minutes into the second.

Trailing, 1-0, with a defender on her back, Schuchat received a pass about 18 yards out on the near side, settled it and sent her left-footed volley into the net's opposite corner over keeper Jen Williams (nine saves).

Schuchat's second goal made it 2-1 as she ran onto a pass from Kellan Hoover, dribbled past three defenders and tapped a right-footed shot past a diving Williams before falling to the ground.

"I really wanted to score, so I just ran through them [defenders]," said Schuchat. "But it's disappointing that we didn't put together a full game."

Franklin 3, Patapsco 1: The host Bulls (4-1-1) got first-half goals from Lisa Deltoro, Lynnea Finch and Missy Farrell on the way to victory in a Baltimore County Division I game. Danielle Foote made 19 saves for the Patriots (5-1).

Boys soccer

Patapsco 3, Franklin 1: Senior Brian Pugh's two goals helped lift the No. 8 and host Patriots (4-0) to a victory in a Baltimore County Division I matchup.

Pub Date: 9/24/97

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