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 SchoolsA 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 then 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.
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.
Pub Date: 10/16/98