Archbishop Spalding denies Liberty, 3-0

Cavaliers gain first win by finding scoring touch

struggling Lions fall to 0-2

Girls soccer

High Schools

September 11, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The fact that the Archbishop Spalding girls soccer team won its first game of the season yesterday wasn't a reason to go wild for senior midfielder Meg Cowen.

In fact, after the host Cavaliers shut out Liberty, 3-0, in Severn, Cowen said she wasn't even surprised by the outcome.

"We're a good team," said Cowen, who scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal. "We always have the confidence that we're going to win. Sometimes it just doesn't go our way."

Things hadn't been going Archbishop Spalding's way before yesterday. The Cavaliers had dropped their first five games of the season.

Three of those losses came at the McDonogh Tournament, where Archbishop Spalding (1-5) had to meet the second-ranked Eagles and private-school powers Bullis of the District of Columbia and Villa Joseph Marie of Pennsylvania.

But the Cavaliers had been outscored 15-5 during that span - a trend that had worried coach Bob Greeno.

"We've been working real hard on trying to put the ball in the net," he said. "Today, certain things started to click out there. It's starting to come together."

The pieces began to fall in place after nearly 38 minutes of uninspired play in the first half. With more than two minutes left in the half, Cowen floated a right-footed shot from about 30 yards over Liberty junior goalkeeper Becky Webster and into the left side of the net to give Archbishop Spalding a 1-0 lead.

In the second half, the Lions (0-2) tried to attack, but were consistently thwarted by the defensive foursome of seniors Erin Dehenzel, Gina Guaragna and Michelle McDermott and freshman Nicole Brown.

Two minutes after Liberty coach Lee Kestler Sr. replaced Webster (eight saves) with freshman Jessica Riner (three saves) with less than 19 minutes left in the game, the Cavaliers extended the lead to two. Junior forward Lizzy Bayly sent a shot that banged off the crossbar, but freshman forward Colleen Regan was in front of the net to push the rebound across the goal line.

Regan played a role in the final goal when she centered the ball to junior midfielder Kelly Scoville, who booted it into the net with about 10 minutes left.

Kestler said his squad is still hurt by its scoring woes.

"We haven't been able to shoot," he said. "We don't shoot when we should. We're still playing with the ball."

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