McDonogh's 3-goal rally makes Mercy vanish, 3-2 Schuchat scores twice in Eagles' 6th win in row

Girls soccer

October 31, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

McDonogh languished in the self-proclaimed "post-beating Catholic syndrome" for about 35 minutes. But a two-goal deficit straightened out the Eagles.

Two days after beating top-ranked Catholic, No. 3 McDonogh needed to score three consecutive times to escape with a 3-2 victory at No. 7 Mercy yesterday in both teams' final Catholic League regular-season game.

Eagles junior Marissa Schuchat scored two goals, including the game-winner 17 minutes into the second half. She also scored the game's only goal against Catholic to account for three of McDonogh's past four goals this week.

"Honestly, we weren't worried," McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan said. "I didn't like being down 2-0, but we talked at halftime that we'd been here before. I was confident we'd regroup."

The Eagles, who at 14-2-4, 10-1-2 in the Catholic League are the second seed in this year's tournament, won their sixth game in a row and extended their unbeaten streak to 14.

The Magic (12-4-4, 6-4-3) lost for the second time in three games and will play at John Carroll on Wednesday in the first round.

With the game tied at 2, Schuchat settled a feed from Lisa Zanti and took a high-rising shot from 7 yards out. Ricocheting off the crossbar, the ball dropped in for the game-winning goal with 23 minutes left to play.

xTC That capped an 18 1/2 -minute span in which McDonogh outscored Mercy 3-0 and outshot it 7-2.

"We've said a couple of weeks ago that we're playing each game like it's a tournament game," Schuchat said. "We play so hard in practice that we deserve to play well in games. We just want to keep playing our best soccer."

Mercy began the game with a poised, possession-style attack. The Magic created numerous chances by lofting crosses into the box.

Becca Hojnowski scored Mercy's first goal 12 minutes into the game,and Jessie Steck put the Magic up 2-0 by chipping in a 25-yard shot 11 minutes later.

But McDonogh stole some momentum when Schuchat tagged a direct kick that skimmed off Mercy goalkeeper Jenn Williams' hands just 1 1/2 minutes before halftime.

The Eagles began controlling the tempo in the second half, tying the game four minutes after halftime as Katie Nelson scored off a pass from Jessica Shadoff.

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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