Hammond's header slips St. Mary's past No. 1 McDonogh, 1-0

Saints need 1 more win for tourney's top seed

Arundel, Sev. Park in final

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 20, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Both McDonogh and St. Mary's entered yesterday's showdown looking to strengthen their chances for the No. 1 seed in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference girls soccer tournament next week.

St. Mary's got its wish. Senior midfielder Kelly Hammond headed the ball off a defender and into the net with five minutes left to lift the No. 2 Saints to a 1-0 victory over the top-ranked Eagles in Annapolis.

The win preserved a 15-game unbeaten streak for St. Mary's, which improved to 15-1-1 overall and 9-0 in the conference.

If the Saints defeat Seton Keough on Thursday, the top seed in the tournament will belong to them.

"It's a huge win as we're going to get the No. 1 seed," said Hammond, who scored her team-leading 15th goal of the season. "That means that all the games are at our home field, which is definitely an advantage."

For McDonogh (12-4, 8-1), the loss was the team's second in a row after Good Counsel ended the Eagles' nine-game winning streak Wednesday.

The setback capped a long bus ride from Reisterstown to Annapolis that was prolonged by traffic snarls and accidents on the beltway. The bus left the school at 2:10 p.m. and didn't arrive at the field until 4:35.

"The only thing it might've affected was our possession game," said Eagles coach Maurice Boylan Jr. "We probably didn't have as much control as we would have if we had been familiar with the field."

After a scoreless first half in which the teams had a total of five shots, the second half opened in similar fashion as the squads battled for possession in midfield.

But on St. Mary's fourth and final corner kick with about five minutes left, junior striker Sarah Sample lofted the ball to the far end of the box. Hammond leaped, headed the ball toward the net, and watched it glance off the head of a McDonogh defender and into the net.

Saints coach Jerry Tobin said Sample has mastered the art of floating the ball to the far side.

"Sarah does it as well as anybody," he said. "When you can get it to the far post, generally the goalie can't react fast enough and you create some scoring opportunities."

McDonogh can rest with the knowledge that it will probably earn the No. 2 seed and a potential tournament semifinal game against third-ranked and No. 3 seed John Carroll, with the winner moving on to meet the Saints.

Eagles senior midfielder Ali Andrzjewski guaranteed a rematch against St. Mary's.

"We will definitely see them again," she said. "We look forward to that game."

Anne Arundel girls

Fourth-ranked Severna Park will meet No. 6 Arundel in the county championship game at South River on Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.

The Falcons, winners of the past three county titles, earned the berth over No. 10 South River on the fourth tiebreaker criteria.

Severna Park, Arundel and South River completed regular-season play Thursday night with identical 10-1 county records. The second criteria - head-to-head competition - didn't matter as South River had defeated Severna Park, which beat Arundel, which, in turn, defeated South River.

Arundel (12-2) clinched a spot on the third criteria with 12 total victories. Tied with 11 wins each, Severna Park (11-2-1) and South River (11-1) moved to the fourth criteria, which awards teams three points per win and one point per tie.

Thus, the Falcons, with 34 points, moved ahead of the Seahawks, who had 33. South River's hopes were damaged as a result of county officials ordering all schools to refrain from participating in athletic events on the weekend after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.

The Seahawks never made up the two games they lost when they missed the Leonardtown Tournament on Sept. 15.

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