No. 2 St. Mary's finds McDonogh no breeze in 1-1 tie Eagles rally to equalize with six minutes to play

Girls soccer

October 10, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The first half was No. 2 St. Mary's chance to take control against visiting McDonogh yesterday afternoon.

When it didn't happen, the No. 7 Eagles found a second-half opportunity for redemption.

McDonogh picked up its intensity in search of the equalizing goal, finding one with a little more than six minutes left in regulation to come away with a 1-1 tie against the Saints in Catholic League play at Weems-Whelan Memorial Field in Annapolis.

Sophomore striker Lisa Zanti collected a free kick from senior sweeper Laura Schroeder just inside the penalty area, turned nicely, and found the top-left corner to give the Eagles (8-2-4) a reward for their improved second-half play.

"We talked [at half] about picking up our defensive intensity, marking up better, and getting to the 50-50 balls. Basically, we were just looking for a better effort in the second half and got it," said McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan.

"We were totally disappointed with the lack of focus in the first half, pleased to get the equalizer but not satisfied with the result."

The disappointment for the Saints (8-3-2) was that an outstanding first half, with the wind in their favor, supplied only a one-goal lead at the break.

Getting to the ball first was the key for the Saints in the first half, and their solid build-up provided a number of opportunities.

It wasn't until senior striker Erin Coppedge headed home a cross from senior Susan MacWilliams -- their sixth shot on goal -- that the Saints had something to show for their hard work.

"We outplayed them but couldn't score. In the first half, I don't think they were in our [penalty area] once," said junior midfielder Maria Smear. "You know against McDonogh, with all the good players they have who can finish, you're going to need more than one goal. We just have to keep working hard and try to finish a little better ourselves."

The goals that did come were nicely turned.

Senior Tiffany Schummer won a ball at midfield and found MacWilliams down the right side. Her cross found Coppedge unmarked and in stride at the opposite post.

In the second half, it was Zanti's turn to get her Eagles even, scoring her 18th goal of the season with Schroeder, who played a solid defensive game, providing help.

Said St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin: "The wind was blowing our way in the first half, and we had them pinned in pretty well. The second half, we started kicking it away, instead of to somebody."

Field hockey

No. 13 Hereford 1, Loch Raven 0: Sara Warner's goal with 5: 54 left in the first overtime lifted the Bulls (9-2, 7-1) over the Raiders (7-4, 5-2) and clinched the Baltimore County Heron Division title for the Bulls.

Volleyball

No. 13 Catonsville 3, No. 9 Loch Raven 1: Marci Brewer had 19 kills and three aces to lead the host Comets (7-3) over the Raiders 7-15, 15-7, 15-10, 15-11.

Pub Date: 10/10/97

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