Notre Dame Prep's players look back to last fall's upset over Mercy as a catalyst for this season's success, but the Magic came from behind yesterday to keep NDP from making it two in a row.
Kristi Korrow and Jessie Whippo scored second-half goals to lead the No. 2 Magic to a 2-1 win over the rapidly rising No. 6 Pirates in a Catholic League A Division game.
In their last seven games, the Pirates have played five teams ranked No. 11 or higher and beaten three of them -- McDonogh, Spalding and St. Mary's. They weren't even ranked at the beginning of the season, but the Pirates have climbed steadily in The Sun's Top 15 poll.
Their only other loss came against No. 1 John Carroll.
The Magic, which has played three straight against Top 10 teams, also lost to John Carroll, 1-0, last week despite dominating the game. Monday, they rebounded with a 3-2 win at No. 10 Hereford.
"We just needed to get our confidence back," said striker Kaitie Schuyler, who had an assist yesterday and a goal against Hereford. "We got a good win [Monday] and we came out fired up."
The Magic jumped all over the host Pirates in the first 15 minutes, but had nothing to show for it because NDP keeper Lauren Stone (10 saves) made a terrific diving stop, batted away a corner kick and snared a header.
At the 20-minute mark, Mercy keeper Jenn Williams blocked a one-on-one shot from Megan Schwartz but she couldn't control it. Williams went down and the ball bounced away from her, giving Schwartz an open shot.
"It took a bad bounce," said Williams. "I went to go for it and she sort of kneed it and it hit me in the face."
The Pirates came close again in the 28th minute, but Williams batted Lindy Zaicko's header over the crossbar.
Just after the half, Schwartz sent a long ball through the box that Mercy's new keeper Liz Lombardo lost the handle on. On the rebound, Laurie Wagner punched the open shot wide.
The rest of the half belonged to Mercy.
Schuyler set up the first goal with a long ball from the wing that Stone couldn't handle. The ball caromed away from Stone and Korrow headed it by her.
"I didn't really want to score," said Schuyler. "I just wanted to get it in there, but the girl bobbled it and Kristi headed it in."
The game-winner came on a restart in the 58th minute when Whippo's 20-yard direct kick curled just inside the far post.
"I don't think we played smart defensively in the second half in terms of maintaining our positioning and fronting people," said NDP coach Mark Deaton. "We never got anything going offensively down the stretch either and you're not going to win like that. Against McDonogh when they tied us, we had a couple of opportunities and converted one."
With the victory, the Magic improved to 8-1-2 overall and 3-1-1 in the Catholic League A Division. The Pirates dropped to 7-2 and 4-2 in league play.
"I'm not sure this game is a step backward for us," said Deaton. "We lost 2-1 to the second-ranked team and we had the lead. We've done a good job. I don't think we're as good as we can be. We still make mistakes, but when we're losing, we're losing to the best in close games."
No. 1 John Carroll 4, Catholic 0. Jenny Biscoe, Katie McAvoy, Kourtney Porcella and Lisa Foley scored as the Patriots notched their sixth straight shutout in a Catholic League A Division game. The Patriots improved to 9-0 and 6-0 in league play.
Kim Karlinchak, Lindsay Syphard, Katie Whelehan and Laura Tiburzi each had an assist. Allison Merkle made 16 saves for the Cubs (1-4-3, 1-3-2).
Bryn Mawr 3, Mount de Sales 3. The B Division Mawrtians got two goals and an assist from Theresa Sherry as they tied A Division Mount de Sales in a Catholic League game. The Mawrtians, who defeated the A Division Institute of Notre Dame earlier this season, improved to 6-1. Courtney Smith had two goals and Amy Kolodzieski made 17 saves for the Sailors (1-3-2).
Maryvale 8, Towson Catholic 0. Stephanie Sybert had three goals and Valerie Stewart added two as the Lions (4-0) remained unbeaten in Catholic League B Division play.
Pub Date: 9/30/98