Directing tempo, McDonogh cuts off Notre Dame Prep, 2-0

Top-ranked Eagles collect third victory in five days

Girls soccer

September 22, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

The McDonogh girls soccer team plays with a style as diverse as the music in a jukebox. Smooth and mellow at times, loud and in your face at others, the changing rhythms are as different as they are creative.

But it was clearly the hip-hop version on display yesterday, as the No. 1 Eagles downed rival Notre Dame Prep at home 2-0. Active, emotional and energetic in short bursts, McDonogh freestyled from one moment to the next, gathering its energy for sporadic mad dashes at the goal which, though they weren't always sustained, were no less effective.

"I think we were a little tired out there, and that's why we played in spurts," said McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan Jr., whose Eagles moved to 6-2 with their third win in five days. "But give NDP credit, they were very good. It doesn't matter what the rankings say or which team has more talent, when these two teams get together, it's always going to be a close game."

It was definitely close, but in the game's biggest moments, it was the Eagles that hit all the right notes, and not NDP, which fell to 2-4. After a sluggish start, McDonogh freshman Brittany Tegeler woke everyone in the 13th minute, gathering the ball after a long run up the sideline and sent a perfect pass across the front of goal. Sophomore Dee Dziewanoski found herself on the receiving end and flicked a head ball past NDP goalie Lauren Stone for a 1-0 lead.

Still, the Blazers kept the Eagles' potent offense in check throughout the rest of the first half, and came within inches of tying the score in the 31st minute. NDP freshman Beth Koloup fired a shot just left of the goal that looked like a certain score until McDonogh keeper Mariel Wilner just clipped the ball with her fingertips. The shot ricocheted off the far post, and Wilner recovered to make another save off the rebound.

"We had a few chances there, but we just couldn't break through," said Stone, who played excellent in her third game back after a dislocated shoulder, making 13 saves. "We really felt like if we could just keep holding them, we'd have it."

The elusive goal, however, never came for NDP. Senior Zoey Bouchelle had a couple of chances on impressive runs late in the game, but both times her shot was a foot wide or a foot too high.

McDonogh broke through to ice the game in the 73rd minute, as a Ali Andrezewski showed flashes of her individual ball-handling brilliance, dribbling through two defenders, jumping over another that had fallen down, losing the ball, then getting it back and ripping a shot far post to close out the scoring.

"Everyone was really pumped to play today because we knew how big of a game this was," Andrezewski said. "We're a little tired. We'll get some much needed rest now, but it was a nice win."

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