Mercy, McDonogh battle to 2-2 tie Girls soccer

September 24, 1997|By 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 out-shot C. Milton Wright, 35-7 -- tied them. Out-shot Oakland Mills, 29-3 -- lost in OT. Out-shot Mount Hebron, 23-8 -- lost in OT," said Boylan, whose No. 12-ranked Eagles out-shot 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 endline -- hoisted a right-footed volley into the net's opposite corner. McDonogh keeper Laura Fawley (seven saves) had no chance.

"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 scored the game's first goal for Mercy on a short header. McDonogh's Marisa Schuchat, the league's third-leading scorer, tallied both goals for the Eagles.

Pub Date: 9/24/97

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