Spalding, Schiavone good to the last shot, win, 4-3 Cavs stop Mount Hebron on goal in final minute to take Old Mill tourney

Girls soccer

September 27, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Something about soccer tournaments certainly agrees with the Spalding Cavaliers.

In dramatic fashion yesterday in the Old Mill Tournament, the Cavaliers got a tap-in goal from junior Kelly Schiavone in the championship game's final minute to slip past Mount Hebron, 4-3.

It continued a trend of good play in tournaments that began in the season-opening McDonogh Tournament when the Cavaliers finished third.

Yesterday, Spalding (7-4) opened the day by knocking off the host Patriots, 2-1, with Schiavone once again the hero, snapping a tie with a goal in the 71st minute.

"They believe in themselves and are rising to the occasion in tournaments. They don't let down. God only knows, they just do it. I wish all our games were in tournaments," first-year Spalding coach Bob Greeno said.

Mount Hebron's finesse game didn't mix well with Spalding's tight-marking, physical style in the final. A rough second half was marred by three yellow cards -- including one to Hebron coach Jon- athan Davis -- and a spectator from the Hebron side was ordered removed from the stadium by a referee.

It culminated in a brief scuffle in the handshake line after the game.

"I don't mind physical play, bu it got dirty," Davis said. "We didn't get settled into our game. We tried to work our possession game and build up, but Spalding would win balls and send it the other way. They were hungry."

The Cavaliers took a 3-2 lead into the break before Hebron junior Katie Elliott scored three minutes into the second half to even the score.

That set the tone for Schiavone's game-winner 36 hard-fought minutes later. Katy Owings won a ball at midfield, found Shelley Sullivan with a through ball who sent a shot across the goal line. Schiavone was at the far post to tap it home.

The Cavaliers got a fine game from junior keeeper Yasmin Alter, who tured back 13 shots. She had a number of big saves in the first half after the Vikings took a 1-0 lead.

"She's a big-play person. It's like having an extra defender out there the way she takes control," Greeno said.

The Vikings (3-2) advanced to the final with a 9-0 win over Calvert. In the consolation game, Old Mill came back to get third place with a 6-0 win over Calvert.

Pub Date: 9/27/98

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