Roland Park keeps shutout streak alive Gaines and Scanlon tally as Reds blank Friends, 2-0

October 16, 1998|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Roland Park juggernaut continues to roll. Yesterday, it rolled right over Friends.

Despite a game effort from the host No. 7-ranked Quakers, goals by Betsy Gaines and Carey Scanlan were enough to propel the top-ranked Reds to a 2-0 win in an Association of Independent Schools A Division, Homer League, showdown, giving coach Debbie Bloodsworth's team its fifth straight shutout.

After winning their first 14 games a year ago only to falter down the stretch and lose in the AIS semifinals, the Reds (14-0-1 overall, 4-0 in the league) are showing no signs of a repeat.

"We've got all the momentum going with us, and we still have a lot of fire in our eyes," said Gaines. "We just want to go all the way."

Roland Park showed that early, taking a 1-0 lead with 10: 37 left in the first half when, after a penalty corner, sophomore Allison Higgins got the ball to Gaines, who put it in from in front.

The Reds extended the lead to 2-0 with 21: 36 left in the game, when Stasia Thomas found Scanlan open in front of the cage after another penalty corner.

"I went to the post, Stasia crossed it, and I just tapped it in," said Scanlan.

Said Gaines: "I don't think we were concerned about scoring. Usually, we get the ball in the goal when we're playing well. Today, we just came out hard and played our game."

Staked with a two-goal lead, the Reds' defense smothered the Quakers' attack the rest of the way, allowing only one shot in the second half.

Bloodsworth said that her team may have needed a little time, but once it got going, it was hard to stop.

"I think we were hanging back a little at the start, and they were able to block up our passing game effectively," said Bloodsworth. "But once we got into our game a little more in the second half, we began to dominate more."

The shutout was the 11th in 15 games this season for the Reds, who have two sophomores starting as backs. But perhaps even more than their defense, Gaines and Whitney Jamison gave Friends fits in midfield.

"We had trouble solving their midfield. That was problematic," said Friends coach Carol Samuels, whose team's best opportunity to score came in the first half when Marion Deering came up empty on a hard shot following a corner.

Despite the loss, Samuels said the Quakers (8-3-1, 1-2) will benefit come playoff time.

"You have to play these high-ranked teams to get better,' said Samuels. "It will definitely help us down the line."

No. 3 Bryn Mawr 3, No. 14 Severn 0: Katie Coyne had nine saves as the Mawrtians (11-0-2, 2-0) recorded their 13th shutout and remained unscored on. Bryn Mawr, which received two goals from Miles Whitman, has now outscored its opponents, 35-0.

Pub Date: 10/16/98

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