McDonogh handed deflating, 1-0 defeat

No. 1 Eagles fall short against D.C. area's fifth-ranked Falcons

Girls soccer

October 18, 2001|By Nathan Max | By Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEATON - In the grand scheme of the season, last night's game between perennial Washington-area girls soccer powerhouse Good Counsel and top-ranked McDonogh was nothing more than a first-class tuneup for the Eagles' showdown tomorrow with No. 2 St. Mary's.

But judging by the water-filled eyes immediately after McDonogh's 1-0 defeat, it was safe to say a number of the Eagles had had their pride hurt.

"We're both two really good teams, and we both had our share of opportunities," said McDonogh's leading scorer, Ali Andrzjewski, who has 15 goals and 10 assists this season.

"We had a few opportunities where we could have gotten a goal, but were just unlucky. They got one, and that's how it goes. I think we showed a lot of heart and played really well. We'll be ready for Friday to take it out on St. Mary's."

Good Counsel (8-2), which is ranked No. 1 in Montgomery County and No. 5 in the Washington area, won the game on a spectacular goal in the 70th minute by senior midfielder Meggie Curran.

Curran dribbled around three defenders, then sent a curling, right-footed shot from about three yards behind the top left corner of the penalty box into the top right corner of the goal.

"It was an outstanding shot," said McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan of Curran's 10th goal of the season. "I thought our defense played as well as it has played all year long.

"We were very organized, and [senior goalkeeper] Mariel Wilner did a super job, as always. She made the saves she needed to make, and I don't think anyone is going to save that ball that went in."

Good Counsel, which won its fourth straight and ended the Eagles' nine-game winning streak, outshot McDonogh, 12-5, and held the overall edge in play. The Falcons mounted their greatest pressure in the opening 20 minutes, when they sent six shots at the Eagles' goal.

In the ninth minute, the Falcons nearly broke through when sophomore forward Melissa Whitley had a shot blocked in front of the McDonogh net, and senior striker Danielle Malagari's header on the rebound beat Wilner. However, junior defender Megan Reidy was standing on the goal line and cleared Malagari's shot away from danger.

"I was in the right place at the right time," Reidy said. "Luckily, I got back when they needed me to. That was all luck."

McDonogh (12-3) had its best chance in the 28th minute. Senior midfielder Mary Beth Creed lofted a shot that bounced off the crossbar and onto the foot of freshman striker Brittany Tegeler, who was standing alone in front of the goal.

Tegeler shot from point-blank range, but Good Counsel senior goalkeeper Kelly Paolucci reacted quickly to make the save.

"There really weren't a whole lot of chances on either side tonight," Boylan said. "I thought Good Counsel probably had a little bit better of the play tonight."

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