St. Mary's, Spalding tie on late goal by Saints

Dieringer's goal ends St. Mary's 2-game skid

October 16, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

On one side of the field, players from the St. Mary's field hockey team cheered excitedly and hugged one another. On the other side, Archbishop Spalding players had downcast looks on their faces and listened quietly to their coach.

The opposing reactions were on display yesterday as Brooke Dieringer's goal with about 2:30 left in the game lifted St. Mary's to a 1-1 tie with the host Cavaliers in a non-divisional Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference matchup in Severn.

Dieringer's goal helped the Saints snap a two-game losing skid and remain at .500 with a 5-5-3 record.

"We were kind of feeling down a little bit," said Dieringer, a senior attack whose St. Mary's squad last won 12 days ago. "We weren't playing bad, we just weren't playing as well as we could have. This is a big confidence booster."

On the flip side, the tie negated a two-game winning streak for Archbishop Spalding (10-2-2).

"We're definitely disappointed," said Cavaliers senior goalkeeper Kristin Schwartzmeyer. "We held them off for so long, but in the last minutes, they scored."

Archbishop Spalding opened the scoring about five minutes into the first half. Off a free hit outside the St. Mary's circle, Cavaliers junior defender Mo Brady passed the ball to sophomore attack Caitlin Swift at the left post.

Swift centered the ball to sophomore attack Erin Kelly, who took a couple of whacks at the ball before slipping it past Saints sophomore goalie Allie Buote.

St. Mary's whiffed on a couple of prime opportunities in the second half - including an apparent goal off a free hit by junior attack Katie Sells, which was waived off because no Saints player had touched the ball with her stick before Sells' free hit rolled into the cage.

Dieringer finally got the equalizer on St. Mary's second penalty corner of the half. Sells passed the ball to sophomore midfielder Kimi Pastrana, who stopped the ball long enough for Dieringer to blast it into the left corner with about 2:30 left in the game.

Archbishop Spalding coach Leslee Brady had few complaints about her team's play - except for not getting an insurance goal in the second half.

"We needed to shut the door," Brady said. "We had the game in our hands, but we let it slip away a little in the end."

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