McDonogh puts away NDP, 3-0 Eagles' 11th straight win earns 3rd title trip in '90s

Girls soccer

November 06, 1998|By Mark Hoeflich | Mark Hoeflich,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Maybe McDonogh was waiting for the proper stage. Perhaps the No. 2-ranked Eagles, masters of skittish soccer for much of the season, were waiting until the games really mattered.

But continuing a run of powerful performances, McDonogh posted a workmanlike 3-0 win over No. 3 Notre Dame Prep in a Catholic League tournament semifinal yesterday.

The Eagles (21-5-1) and St. Mary's -- an upset winner over No. 1-ranked John Carroll yesterday in overtime -- will meet for the championship at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Goucher College. The game will be McDonogh's third trip to title game since 1991.

"We're just looking to play hard and be the best we can every game," said McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan.

For their 11th consecutive win yesterday, the Eagles dictated much of the pace with excellent passing and rediscovered the play of some of their more unheralded players, particularly midfielders Rachel Engle and Jackie Reid.

Engle, at the center of several surges by the Eagles in the first half, assisted on two of McDonogh's goals.

Reid scored her first goal of the season in the 35th minute to put McDonogh ahead 1-0 at halftime. Her goal was set up on a shot by Engle, which Pirates' goalkeeper Lauren Stone mishandled in front of Reid, who tapped her shot past the right post.

"It wasn't really a shot. I just tried to get some part of my body on the ball," Reid said.

Said Boylan: "Engle's really on her game right now. She was fighting some sickness and injury early on, and finally, it looks like she's firing on all cylinders. And Jackie came up with a real big goal."

A little luck got the Eagles their second goal in the 62nd minute. From right wing, Jeanette McGettigan sent in a ball that Stone and Notre Dame Prep defender Megan Tagarona converged on, with the ball deflecting into the net off Tagarona for an own goal.

"McDonogh doesn't need a lot of luck. They're a good team," said Pirates coach Mark Deaton.

Lisa Zanti, assisted by Engle, scored the Eagles' third goal from directly in front in the game's closing seconds.

The Pirates (15-4) had two quality chances shortly after McDonogh's first goal. They got a flurry of shots off a corner kick but all were kept away. Seconds later, Megan Schwartz sent a nice pass across the goal mouth, but no one was there to pick it up.

Bryn Mawr 1, St. Mary's 0: Jen Kent scored in the 27th minute, and goalkeeper Jessica Ayd made the goal stand for the Mawrtians (14-1-2) against the visiting Saints in a Catholic League B Division semifinal. Ayd turned away six shots for the Mawrtians.

Pub Date: 11/06/98

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.