C.M. Wright uses defense, Rumbley to blank Old Mill Mustangs take 1-0 victory in 3A-4A quarterfinal

Girls soccer

October 29, 1997|By Mark Hoeflich | Mark Hoeflich,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

C. Milton Wright coach Peter Griffiths worried that the biggest challenge facing his Mustangs last night was their own emotions.

After all, the Mustangs hadn't played in 13 days and it would have been understandable if they showed a little rust after such a long layoff -- especially against an Old Mill team they easily beat in last year's playoffs.

But No. 5 C. Milton Wright dusted off a defensive style that it used to allow just seven goals during the regular season, and it rediscovered hard-working scorer Dawn Rumbley.

The Mustangs also won most of the 50-50 balls and all those facets taken together earned a 1-0 victory over Old Mill in a Class 3A-4A North Region quarterfinal in Bel Air.

Rumbley provided the game's only goal and it came at the end of a first half that saw the Mustangs (10-1-2) get outplayed and outshot by the younger No. 11 Patriots (8-5). But the C. Milton Wright defense held on until Monica Janowitz won a ball along the left sideline and pushed a pass inside to Rumbley at the near post.

Rumbley settled the ball, circled and beat Old Mill goalkeeper Kelly Mack with a shot to the far corner 1: 55 before halftime. Mack got a hand on the ball, only to have it slip away.

"Monica got through two defenders and I was wide open in the center and got the goal," Rumbley said. "I knew they would have a defender coming real fast on me, so I took the shot as fast as I could."

Rumbley, who leads C. Milton Wright with 13 goals and four assists, had several chances to add to the Mustangs' lead in the second half, but couldn't shake the tough defense of the Patriots' Jenny Hines. Her best chance came in the 60th minute on a breakaway off a pass from Jamie Gerhart, but Rumbley committed too early to a shot and the ball sailed to the left.

Old Mill followed with its best of two second-half opportunities shortly thereafter, when Jenn Maltagliti caught the Mustangs' defense out of position. Her shot from 20 yards hit the crossbar.

"My girls impressed me because even though they didn't play their best game of the season, they figured out a way to win," said Griffiths.

The first half was particularly frustrating for Old Mill. The Patriots had several good surges in the opening 15 minutes, and held the Mustangs to three shots. Yet, they trailed by a goal at the break.

"It always gets frustrating when you can't convert when you're playing well," said Old Mill coach Bruce Sponsler. "But once we got a little bit tired in the second half and time wore down, we tried to do too many things at once."

C. Milton Wright also had its problems in the opening half, struggling to find any sort of rhythm at either end of the field.

Pub Date: 10/29/97

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