Corradini gets St. Mary's past St. Paul's, 1-0

October 14, 1998|By Lowell E. Sunderland | Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF

Quality players find ways to win big games. St. Mary's midfielder Kevin Corradini warrants the adjective, and his goal off a fortuitous bounce in the second overtime period gave the No. 13-ranked Saints a hard-fought, 1-0 win over tenacious St. Paul's yesterday.

The senior-laden Saints (13-2-0 overall and 11-0-0 league) kept first place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Conference by beating second-place St. Paul's (11-4-1, 8-2-1 and defending conference champ) for the second time this fall. St. Mary's won at home earlier, 2-0, on two late goals.

But so evenly matched were these teams, a tie would have reflected play accurately yesterday. Hardly anyone on either bench doubts they're apt to play a third time before the MIAA playoffs end next month.

"This is one of the greatest rivalries we have," said St. Mary's coach Jamie McNealey. "Every game we play seems to go to the wire."

The game-winner surprised everyone, including Corradini. Just 54 seconds into the second 10-minute overtime period, a partially cleared ball from a flurry of action in St. Paul's box dropped at his feet just left of the penalty spot, and he buried a grass-cutter into the goal's lower left corner.

Pub Date: 10/14/98

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