Price's goal gives Bryn Mawr crown Mawrtians top St. Paul's, 1-0, in overtime struggle for AIS A Division title

November 11, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Bryn Mawr has lived dangerously in this Association of Independent Schools tournament, but someone has always saved the Mawrtians at the last minute.

Amy Price was yesterday's hero, scoring on a corner with 44 seconds left in overtime.

Her goal gave the No. 8-ranked Mawrtians a 1-0 victory over No. 4 and defending A Division champ St. Paul's at Garrison Forest.

Had no one scored in those final seconds, co-champions would have been declared. Instead, the Mawrtians (14-2-2) won their first outright title.

"We weren't going to tie. That would have been the worst," said Mawrtians All-Metro forward Kim Smith. "I just had a feeling. . ."

Smith had to watch the game-winner unfold from the bench. She had played in the first overtime, but coaches must use six different field players in the second five-minute, seven-on-seven segment.

"It was hard just to watch," said Kate Cole, who played in the first overtime. "But it was awesome."

As a back, Price had never had a chance to score a goal all season, but she had a simple strategy for her shot: "I just wound up and hit it as hard as I could, trying to win the game for everybody."

She did just that off the corner pass from Thursday's hero, Jessica McAdams. McAdams had scored with five seconds left in the 2-1 semifinal victory over Severn.

This time, McAdams started the play. She sent the pass out to Price near the top of the circle. Price stopped the ball and fired past two Gators defenders and keeper Laura DiCamillo. Hers was the only shot in overtime.

It seemed a fitting end since the Mawrtians had dominated regulation, especially the first half. In addition to nine penalty corners and five shots, they orchestrated several breaks but were often slow moving ahead to the ball.

The Gators (12-3-2) had fewer chances with two corners and two shots. Their best opportunities came late, but no one connected with Kate Ahearn's drive down the middle or two Jenny Landsman crosses.

"We didn't play our big game today," said Ahearn, whose team played nearly flawlessly to upset then-No. 2 Roland Park in last week's semifinal.

"It's tough to lose, but Bryn Mawr is an incredible team. It was an incredible game. I think a lot of people thought this was a rocky year for us, so just by coming to the championship and proving that we were a good team, that's all we could have really asked for."

Oldfields 3, Seton Keough 1: Aida Jaen scored the game-winner on an assist from Irene Puky with 12: 50 left to give Oldfields its third straight AIS B Division tournament title at Bryn Mawr.

Courtney Hulseman and Kristan May also scored for Oldfields (6-10-2), while Dealey Campbell had 10 saves. Katie Roscher had 16 saves for the Gators.

Pub Date: 11/11/97

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