Upsets mark tournament scene No. 1 McDonogh wins, but Sev. Park, Hereford bow

September 05, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

McDonogh rolled through the first round of its invitational tournament yesterday, but unranked Archbishop Spalding and No. 14-ranked Centennial stole the show from the No. 1-ranked Eagles.

Spalding upset its No. 5 neighbor, Severna Park, 5-1, and Centennial clobbered perennial powerhouse Bishop O'Connell from northern Virginia, 4-1. McDonogh had little trouble with C. Milton Wright, taking a 3-1 victory. Shenendehowa (N.Y.) defeated Oakland Mills, 6-1.

Spalding faces Shenendehowa -- from the Albany area -- in today's semifinals of the winners' bracket, and Centennial meets McDonogh. In the losers bracket, Severna Park meets Bishop O'Connell, and C. Milton Wright plays Oakland Mills.

Semifinals are at 10 a.m. The championship is at 2: 30. Everyone else plays a consolation at 1: 45.

Yesterday, the biggest surprise probably was Spalding's victory over Anne Arundel County neighbor Severna Park.

"That was a tremendous win for us when you consider the area that we're from," said Spalding coach Bob Greeno. "Severna Park is our next-door neighbor, but [the schools] have never really had a chance to play each other. Now, you can win you're own little civil war, and they're loving life."

Not only are Spalding and Severna Park close in proximity, the teams share many players from the same club team and split a set of sisters. Junior Megan Dubina plays for Spalding; her freshman sister Erin plays for Severna Park.

The Cavaliers got off to a quick start yesterday, taking a 2-0 lead and forcing Severna Park to play catch-up. Shelley Sullivan scored both goals for the Cavaliers.

The Falcons got one back from Bre Benton in the second half, but Cavaliers goalie Yasmin Alter held them off the rest of the way. Among her eight saves, Alter had one game-saving, point-blank stop in the final minutes.

It didn't help the Falcons to lose stellar midfielder Meg Miller to a knee injury midway through the first half.

"This is a stepping stone," said Falcons coach Chuck Seivert. "Like I tell the kids, the only thing that matters really is who's going to be there in November."

In Centennial's victory over Bishop O'Connell, the deciding moments came in the second half. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime, but Centennial scored three second-half goals to secure the win.

Jane Williams and Ashley Evans scored two goals each while Alexia Vogler had three assists. Williams scored the game winner on a cross from the corner by Vogler early in the half. Erica Neimann made six saves and sweeper Carolyn Schmid provided stability in the back.

"We try to stick together," said Centennial coach Mike Senisi, "and that's how we won it. Everyone played her best."

McDonogh got all its goals from the All-Metro duo of Lisa Zanti and Marissa Schuchat. After feeding Zanti for the first goal, Schuchat broke free in the middle and nailed a point-blank shot to the corner for the game winner in just the seventh minute.

The Mustangs' goal came from Allison Slater on a penalty kick.

Hereford tourney

The upsets continued into the night as No. 8 Hereford fell to unranked Institute of Notre Dame, 3-2, in the Hereford Tournament.

On a perfect feed from Brandy Ault, IND's Jess Karko, who scored all of her team's goals, snapped a 2-2 tie in the 71st minute. Hereford got both its goals from Paige Nichol.

The Indians will meet No. 4 John Carroll for the championship at 8 tonight at Hereford Stadium.

Pub Date: 9/05/98

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