NDP nips St. Mary's by 13-12

Aumiller scores last 3 goals for Pirates in Annapolis

April 01, 1999|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Notre Dame Prep's Lauren Aumiller has a flair for the dramatic, especially with a game on the line.

The All-Metro midfielder scored NDP's last three goals, one of them an over-the-shoulder shot, as the No. 4-ranked Pirates nipped No. 7 St. Mary's, 13-12, in a non-league, Association of Independent Schools A Division game at Weems Whelan Field in Annapolis.

Two of Aumiller's goals capped a 5-0 Pirates run for a 12-10 lead with 6: 38 to go. Her final goal, on a free position with 3: 36 left, proved to be the game winner.

But it was the over-the-shoulder shot, which clipped the crossbar and caromed in, that gave NDP (2-1) an emotional surge.

Aumiller took a pass from Wick Stanwick off a free position with 6: 42 left. She maneuvered to the edge of the crease with three Saints defenders collapsing on her. All three were to her right, so Aumiller turned and flipped the ball over her right shoulder into the net.

"It was the only angle I had," said Aumiller, who scored all four of her goals in the second half. "I had the ball in my right hand, and my [defender] was on my right shoulder. I couldn't have switched left, because she was so close."

That goal ignited the Pirates for the first time all day.

"That, for us, marked an emotional goal that we had been searching for," said Pirates coach Mary Bartel, whose team struggled in a 13-6 loss to No. 3 Bryn Mawr on Tuesday. "It was a wonderful way for her to break open and set the team on a more positive note."

After Aumiller gave the Pirates the 12-10 lead, Lana Smith answered for the Saints (5-2) by converting an NDP turnover. Aumiller then scored on a free-position, and Kelly Coppedge answered for St. Mary's with 1: 55 left.

The Saints created two opportunities to tie. With 35 seconds left, Smith's free-position shot was checked by an NDP defender, and Aumiller came away with the ground ball.

But the Pirates turned the ball back over with 22 seconds remaining. With time running down, Coppedge took one final shot, but she didn't have a good angle, and NDP goalie Rachel Zellner (eight saves) deflected the ball.

"We didn't want to force it, but it was our only chance," said Coppedge, who scored three goals.

Pub Date: 4/01/99

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