McDonogh takes revenge and more Schuchat and Zanti lead No. 1-ranked Eagles over young Catholic, 6-0

Girls soccer

September 09, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Last year's loss to Catholic in the Catholic League Tournament championship certainly lingered on the minds of No. 1-ranked McDonogh's players yesterday as they ripped the Cubs in revenge, 6-0.

"No matter what the score is, this win is huge," said Eagles defender Kellan Hoover. "They've been our rivals forever. It's a good, good feeling, especially after last year. I never thought I'd hear 6-0 against Catholic."

For the ninth-ranked Cubs, last year's 4-1 title-game victory, which sealed their final No. 1 ranking, must have seemed an eternity ago.

"We weren't ready for this," said Cubs coach Jerry Dieter, who lost seven seniors to graduation and All-Metro Player of the Year Becky Bieneman, his top scorer, to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He now carries six freshmen, all of whom start or see significant action.

"We're young and we need to play together," said Dieter. "We need to string more than two passes together. These girls have a lot to learn, but they're gamers."

The host Eagles (4-0 overall, 1-0 Catholic League) had little trouble moving the ball forward right from the start. The All-Metro pair of Marissa Schuchat and Lisa Zanti did the rest.

Just five minutes into the game, Schuchat took a through ball from Jeanetta McGettigan and carried it about 20 yards for an easy roller into the corner.

Zanti made it 2-0 just 11 minutes later after Cubs freshman keeper Amanda Todd lost the handle on a save. The ball caromed out into a crowd, where Rachel Engle tapped it to Zanti for the close-range goal.

After that, Dieter sat Todd, who had made three saves, in favor of veteran Allison Merkle. The All-Metro midfielder, who has school and club keeper experience, came in and shut out the Eagles. She made a spectacular horizontal save along with two others during 15 minutes of driving rain and hail pellets just before the half.

However, the Cubs (0-1, 0-1) could not continue to hold off the Eagles. In the second half, Merkle returned to the field to try to create scoring opportunities. The Cubs had a chance early, working the ball nicely from the left to the middle near the 18, but they lost it on an offside call.

After that, it was almost all McDonogh.

Schuchat, on a penalty kick, and Zanti, on an over-the-top feed from Hoover, boosted the lead to 4-0, before they sat for the rest of the game. Lauren Paul and Jen Mishner added the last two goals on assists from Lauren Davis and Mary Beth Creed.

Winning their Catholic League opener continued a fine run for the Eagles, who won their own invitational tournament over the weekend.

Their defense, led by Hoover, Jamie Hupp, Cede Ball and freshman keeper Mariel Wilner (four saves vs. Catholic), has allowed just three goals -- two on penalty kicks.

"We all work together really well this year," said Hoover. "Last year, we had some problems, but this year, we've all pulled together as a team."

Pub Date: 9/09/98

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