Freshman Wilner saves McDonogh, 4-2 victory 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 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 from about 20 yards out. Schuchat also assisted on the first goal to Ali Andrzejewski.

The surprise finish of the tournament came from unranked Spalding (2-1), which was third. The Cavaliers followed Friday's 2-1 upset of No. 5 Severna Park by knocking off No. 14 Centennial, 3-1.

Not only were the Cavaliers a last-minute addition to the tournament, filling in when another team dropped out, but they were missing 12 girls and played without seven starters. Their only loss came in yesterday's second round, 6-0 to Shenendehowa.

Pub Date: 9/06/98

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