No. 1 McDonogh prevails, 1-0

Spearman's cross sets up winner vs. No. 4 J. Carroll

Girls soccer

October 04, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

John Carroll's girls soccer team prides itself on not giving up goals. McDonogh's prides itself on getting them.

So when the two rivals met yesterday at John Carroll, no one was surprised when the game turned quickly from soccer match to staring contest. The winner, it seemed, would be the first team to blink. In the 62nd minute, McDonogh's Ali Andrezewski made John Carroll blink.

Andrezewski, one of the metro area's best players, scored off a beautiful cross from Christina Spearman, giving the top-ranked Eagles a 1-0 victory over the No. 4 Patriots.

"Christina Spearman's cross was just amazing," Andrezewski said. "The ball went right over my defender's head and was right on my foot. All I had to do was put it in the net."

Had Andrezewski not capitalized, it's very likely the game would have finished deadlocked. John Carroll (10-3) controlled the first half and simply wouldn't allow McDonogh (9-2) to finish in the second. Patriots defender Morgan Russell cleared two balls off the end line that would have been certain goals otherwise, and Kerry Van Shura and Shannon Seipp shadowed Andrezewski.

"It was really a tale of two distinct halves," said Patriots coach Gary Lynch. "I felt like we dominated the first half and they really outplayed us in the second. We're still trying to gel with some young kids playing a lot, but I think we're coming around."

One of those young kids, freshman Jamie Zimmerman, almost put the Patriots on the board early in the first half, dashing through the middle of the field before sending a shot just high of the cross bar. But the Eagles' defense, anchored by vocal goalie Mariel Wilner (10 saves), didn't give the Patriots many chances thereafter.

"To come out here on their field and beat them is a great win for us," Wilner said. "Both teams played great, as expected. We knew we couldn't let them get a goal because we've had a lot of 1-0 games against them before."

McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan Jr. moved Spearman around all game, and at each position she delivered, making John Carroll sweat with repeated sprints up the sideline.

"It was a good win for us," Boylan said. "John Carroll is so good and so organized on defense, you're only going to get a few chances against them. When we play each other, it's always tough and it's always a great game. But it's nice to come out on top today."

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