Freshman Wilner saves No. 1 McDonogh, 4-2 win Eagles' tourney standout stops N.Y. team for title

Girls soccer

September 06, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Freshman keeper Mariel Wilner announced her arrival as the newest McDonogh girls soccer star yesterday with five terrific saves to preserve a 4-2 victory for the No. 1 Eagles over Shenendehowa (N.Y.) in the McDonogh Invitational Tournament title game.

Wilner finished with nine saves for the game, but had to work especially hard in the second half as Shenendehowa tried to rally from a 3-2 halftime deficit.

Against the Plainsmen, who had scored 11 goals in their first two tournament games, Wilner made a couple of point-blank saves and stepped up to snuff out several other chances.

Wilner allowed just three goals in the three-game tournament as the Eagles defeated C. Milton Wright, 3-1, in Friday's opener and LTC No. 14 Centennial, 3-0, in the second round. Two of the goals against her were penalty kicks.

"We just think she's awesome," said All-Metro senior midfielder Marissa Schuchat. "For a freshman, she concentrates. She's focused all the time. She knows what to do and she fits in well with the team."

Wilner joins an already impressive cast including Schuchat, who scored two goals on restarts. Schuchat also assisted on the first goal to Ali Andrzejewski.

All-Metro striker Lisa Zanti scored the game-winner in the 37th minute to give the Eagles (3-0) a 3-1 lead.

The Plainsmen (2-1) got one back on a penalty kick 2: 44 into extra time in the first half. The ball took a bounce at Schuchat, who couldn't dodge it and was called for a hand ball. Erin Lilly nailed the shot past the diving Wilner.

Lilly also scored the first goal on a counterattack.

Early in the second half, the Plainsmen threatened several times, but Wilner and the Eagles' defense held. Later in the half, the Eagles controlled the ball most of the time and Schuchat added an insurance goal in the 68th minute.

Hereford Tournament

Nicole Lewis led a John Carroll defense that did not allow a goal as the No. 4 Patriots won the tournament.

Lewis, a junior back, was named the tournament MVP after the Patriots zoomed past the Institute of Notre Dame, 4-1, in last night's championship game.

The Patriots (2-0) used their exceptional team-wide speed to win loose balls and swarm quickly on any Indian with the ball. Lewis and fellow backs Megan Sparks and Morgan Russell did an excellent job neutralizing IND's top scoring threats, second-team All-Metro senior Brandy Ault and junior Jessa Karko.

Patriots goalie Maggie Pyzik had to make only three saves, and the Indians (1-1) did not threaten until John Carroll had a 3-0 lead.

Jenny Biscoe, a second-team All-Metro midfielder, scored the Patriots' first goal on a penalty kick in the third minute. Kourtney Porcella and Katie McAvoy added goals in the next 13 minutes.

The Indians' lone goal came in the 20th minute after Russell went down in a scuffle, giving Angie Karasinski an open lane past Pyzik.

Not only did the Patriots boast the top defense in the tournament, they also had the top offense. In Friday night's opener, they beat Westminster, 2-0.

Eighth-ranked Hereford, which lost 3-2 to IND Friday night, salvaged the second half of its tournament by beating Westminster, 3-0, in the consolation game. Paige Nichol scored two goals.

Pub Date: 9/06/98

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