Mercy plus McDonogh equals tie Magic's Adams matches goal by Eagles' Zanti in defensive struggle

Girls soccer

October 06, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

By the time McDonogh's extended visit to Mercy was complete yesterday afternoon, there was plenty of everything -- except a winner.

After 80 mintes of regulation and 20 more of overtime, No. 2 Mercy and No. 3 McDonogh walked off the field satisfied with a well-played, 1-1 draw in Catholic League play.

"Both teams definitely had their moments. In games like this, you definitely want to win, but 1-1 was a fair result. It wasn't a matter of either team outplaying the other," said Mercy coach Kevin Cromwell.

Just how even was it?

Both teams had their defensive standouts, with Marissa Schuchat simply everywhere for McDonogh and Jessie Steck shining at her sweeper position for Mercy.

Two freshman keepers -- Mariel Wilner for the visiting Eagles and Liz Lombardo for the Magic -- combined on 34 saves.

The finishing part was taken care of by McDonogh's Lisa Zanti, in the game's 17th minute to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead, and Mercy's Roula Adams, who provided the equalizer midway through the second half.

Lombardo provided the final touch with a big save on Zanti in the last two minutes of the first overtime, covering the angle well to turn back a shot from eight yards out along the right side.

"That was a great reaction save. Liz saved us," said Cromwell. "Zanti is a great player and you always have to be on your toes when she has the ball. Liz stayed with the play and came up big."

Mercy (9-1-3) had its possession game working in the first half, but it was the Eagles (10-5-1) who were more opportunistic.

Zanti received a through ball from Jeanetta McGettigan and chipped a ball over Lombardo from 10 yards out for a 1-0 lead.

The Magic finally got even 20 minutes into the second half when Adams collected a ball just outside the 18-yard mark, turned quickly and fired, sending a shot that went off Wilner's hands before slowly rolling in.

Then it was McDonogh's turn to press with Schuchat sending a wicked shot from 25 yards out that just missed finding the right corner.

"The intensity wasn't as high after we scored. We seemed to be sitting back a little. But once [Mercy] scored, we definitely had to pick it up," said Schuchat, who put five shots on goal and won every head ball that came her way. "It was definitely exciting and it feels good to tie Mercy. They're a good team."

Cromwell summed it up best.

"There were big saves, tough play at midfield and good scoring )) opportunities for both sides. In the big games, the big players come through and that's what happened. It was really exciting," he said.

Pub Date: 10/06/98

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