Zanti, McDonogh stop John Carroll 3-2 win is Eagles' 1st over ranked league team

October 15, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

At times this season, No. 7 McDonogh has shown glimpses of being a serious contender for the Catholic League championship.

The Eagles scared No. 1 Catholic, taking the Cubs into the final two minutes before giving up the game-winning goal. They tied Mercy and St. Mary's when each was ranked No. 2.

Other times -- including the last 10 days -- the Eagles have shown mostly inconsistency. Until they squeaked past No. 12 John Carroll, 3-2, yesterday, the Eagles (9-2-4, 6-1-2 Catholic League A Division) had not beaten a ranked Catholic League team.

"Our team has got to figure out that they've got to play for 80 minutes and we're not doing that," said Eagles coach Maurice Boylan.

In yesterday's first half, the host Eagles were bothered more by their own defensive confusion than the steady wind blowing in their faces. They left players unmarked, did not challenge for loose balls and could not spark any transition out of the back.

"We were hesitant. We had no desire," said sweeper Laura Schroeder. "This is getting kind of crazy. Yeah, it takes us a little while to get into the rhythm, but it shouldn't take more than eight minutes -- tops."

By the 10th minute, the Patriots (6-4-1, 5-3-1) had taken the lead. Unmarked Kourtney Porcella popped in Kristen Townley's short header after Jenny Biscoe crossed the ball from the left wing.

The Eagles were so tentative to the ball and the Patriots so quick to take advantage, McDonogh got little through the middle until Katie Nelson sent a long ball to Lisa Zanti midway through the half. Zanti turned the ball inside Patriots back Kelly Wilson, raced past another defender and drilled it high into the net.

Zanti has been the bright spot amid the Eagles' recent inconsistency. The sophomore striker has scored eight goals in four games. Her 20th of the season was yesterday's game-winner.

She also set up the Eagles' second goal, crossing the ball to Erin Reidy for a 2-1 lead.

Dulaney 3, No. 14 Franklin 1: Senior Trisia Dabrowski scored all three goals to lead Dulaney over visiting Franklin and keep the Indians from clinching the Baltimore County Division I title. The Lions (7-2-1) held the Indians (8-2-1) to four shots.

Franklin has never beaten Dulaney. If Loch Raven beats Catonsville today, it will force a three-way tie for first place.

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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