Bryn Mawr breaks Maryvale, 3-0 Mawrtians first to score on Lions in '98, remain unbeaten in division

Girls soccer

October 20, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Maryvale's girls soccer team had not given up a goal all season, but that streak lasted less than two minutes against Bryn Mawr yesterday.

Elizabeth Knight's deflection of Kara Boyle's cross just 1: 54 into the game proved to be the game winner as the Mawrtians took a 3-0 victory in a Catholic League B Division game at the University of Baltimore's Mt. Washington field.

Theresa Sherry scored two second-half goals, a skimming header off Jen Kent's restart in the 45th minute and an uncontested shot after beating two defenders on the wing in the 72nd minute.

With the victory, the Mawrtians (7-1-2 overall) remain the only team unbeaten in the B Division with a 6-0-1 league record. The Lions, who won the B Division regular-season championship last year, drop to 7-1 overall and in the league.

Going into the game, the Mawrtians were worried about Maryvale's speed up top, especially with Kelly Devlin and Stephanie Sybert, but their stellar defensive performance kept the Lions' attack struggling all afternoon.

Maryvale took just five shots and Bryn Mawr keeper Jessica Ayd had to make only one save.

Defenders Sarah Isaacs, Nadia Chonodolsky, Elisabeth Kreter, Emily Walters and Casey Schoeberlein repeatedly won the 50-50 balls and held the Lions to only a couple of serious threats.

"It was hard to get crosses off," said Devlin, "and they were fast in the back, so our through balls or our balls over the top -- they beat us to them. They stepped in front of us. They just beat us to the ball."

That aggressive defense kept the Mawrtians moving forward most of the game. They took 22 shots and kept the pressure on the Lions' defense and freshman keeper Megan Heuther (10 saves).

Heuther made a couple of terrific saves to keep the game close. She took a goal away from Boyle in the 33rd minute with a leaping jab to hold Bryn Mawr to a 1-0 halftime lead. In the 71st minute, she made another stop against Knight when both reached Sherry's chip into the box at the same time.

Although the Lions played without two starters -- All-Metro second-team midfielder Brooke Statsny, lost for the season with a broken foot, and forward Valerie Stewart, with a minor leg injury -- they were at a loss to explain their lack of hustle.

"There was a lot of pressure on us because we were unscored upon," said Devlin. "Maybe we were getting a little too cocky and this is something that will bring us back to reality and get us ready for the tournament."

Pub Date: 10/20/98

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