McDonogh, St. Mary's brace for showdown

Girls soccer powers, ranked Nos. 2 and 3, meet in Annapolis tomorrow


High Schools

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

If history is any indicator of the future, expect some fireworks when the third-ranked St. Mary's girls soccer team welcomes No. 2 McDonogh tomorrow afternoon.

The game - scheduled for 4 p.m. at Germantown Fields in Annapolis - pits two three-time Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland champions.

McDonogh last won an IAAM crown in 1998 and has been runner-up for the past two seasons. The Eagles (3-1) are led by senior midfielder Ali Andrzejewski, who has registered five goals and three assists through four games.

"She is an outstanding player," St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin said of Andrzejewski. "I think we will have to control possession of the ball, and we're going to have to finish more of our good opportunities than they do."

As defending IAAM champs, the Saints have not shied away from challenging some of the top public schools in the state. St. Mary's (2-1) has sandwiched a loss to top-ranked River Hill with wins against No. 5 Severna Park and Frederick County powerhouse Thomas Johnson.

"We always look forward to playing them," McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan. "I think we will have to be mistake-free and not too anxious."

Injuries piling up

Injuries have taken a toll on several county girls soccer teams.

No. 11 Broadneck will play on without freshman forward Aja Threadgill (shin splints and knee) and senior halfback Sarah Davis (hip), who are out for an indefinite period of time.

Old Mill junior forward Lindsay Gottschall will miss an indefinite number of games after injuring her right knee last Tuesday.

Annapolis junior goalie Cammie Jurkowsky survived a scare last week when she was accidentally kicked in the throat against Glen Burnie. She played two days later.

Lucky cat

The roster for the No. 15 Arundel girls soccer team officially lists 22 players. The most significant omission is "Archie," a stuffed saber-toothed cat that has been adopted as the team mascot.

Archie was introduced to the Wildcats after a previous coach had won the stuffed animal at Kings Dominion in 1994, said current coach Tom Degner.

Since then, Archie has been a fixture on the team bus and at games where he is kissed, hugged, and rubbed by team members.

"He's our good luck charm," said senior forward Jessica Upchurch.

The years have not been kind to Archie. His green fur has turned into a teal hue, a missing left eye was replaced with a painted piece of cardboard, and a metal rod was inserted into his back at one point to keep him from falling forward.

Degner said he thought about throwing out Archie, but relented when the team objected.

"The team resurrected him," Degner said. "For the girls, whatever works."

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Two athletes (one boy and one girl) will be selected each week and featured in Wednesday's editions. To be nominated, athletes must play for their high school team and be available the next Monday to have their pictures taken. Only coaches can nominate Athletes of the Week.

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