Bryn Mawr corners McDonogh Penalty sets up winner, lifts No. 14 Mawrtians, 2-1

Field hockey

September 24, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

With McDonogh's defense marking her tightly yesterday, Bryn Mawr's Kim Smith found only one way out of traffic -- forcing penalty corners.

"They clumped in the middle and brought everyone up kind of like a wall," said the senior All-Metro forward, "so I just tried to get it on their feet."

With 2: 15 left in the game, Smith not only forced a corner but also scored off it to lift the No. 14 Mawrtians over No. 7 McDonogh, 2-1, in an Association of Independent Schools A Division non-league game.

Despite 12 penalty corners, the host Mawrtians (4-0-1) scored only on the last one. Smith took Jen Ahn's corner pass, pulled to her right and fired about 10 yards into the cage for the game winner.

"We've never come from behind, so this is really a boost," said Smith, whose team had shut out three of its first four opponents.

The Mawrtians, who just finalized their varsity roster last week, got a superb performance from midfielder Kate Cole as well as key contributions from their underclassmen especially forwards Ahn, Miles Whitman and Carrie Fetting-Smith as well as center back Amy Price.

For McDonogh (2-3-1), which has lost three straight one-goal games to ranked AIS teams, the loss was particularly frustrating because even though they scored first, they never managed any offensive momentum.

"We did not play together," said McDonogh coach Cathy Schorreck. "We did not play our game until well toward the end of the first half. It's a matter of getting yourself focused early on."

The Eagles scored on the their only shot of the game.

Under pressure in the middle, Phyllis Bryd sent a pass out to Beth Hurtt on the left. Hurtt slipped it behind Mawrtian goalie Katie Dover, who had to play only one other ball the entire game.

The lead lasted less than eight and a half minutes. Ahn tied it on a short pass from Whitman with 10 minutes to go.

After Smith scored the go-ahead goal, Cole, Ahn and Sarah Sanborn had critical blocks to stop McDonogh from breaking away.

However, the Eagles did break loose in the final 30 seconds.

All-Metro midfielder Sara Herman drove a ball 25 yards straight down the middle. Since none of her Eagles teammates could reach it before it hit the cage with six seconds left on the clock, the ball turned over to Bryn Mawr.

Dulaney 1, No. 10 Hereford 0: Senior Leighann Winters scored three minutes into the game to lead the visiting Lions (5-0-1) to an upset win over the defending county champion Bulls (5-2). Goalie Alisa Jordan recorded four saves to preserve the win. The Lions remain the only unbeaten team in Baltimore County's Heron Division at 4-0; Hereford's record fell to 3-1.

Pub Date: 9/24/97

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