McDonogh beaten, 2-0

Girls soccer

October 02, 2002|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The 14th-ranked McDonogh girls soccer team found more than one way to paint itself into a corner yesterday against No. 8 John Carroll in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.

McDonogh fell behind early on its home turf and surrendered the Patriots' second goal off a corner kick with 8:19 left in the half to give John Carroll a comfortable lead.

The Patriots then fended off a more intense Eagles squad in the second half to win, 2-0.

"I thought we gave ourselves a better effort in the second half," said McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan Jr. "It's unfortunate that on both of their goals the bounces didn't go our way."

Defending corner kicks has been the Eagles' Achilles' heel.

"On the corners we don't attack the ball. It is like we are scared," said McDonogh senior captain and All-Metro defender Megan Riedy. "Every time, the best offensive play a team can get from us is on a corner kick. That is how we have lost so many games. It is just frustrating."

Tack on another loss for McDonogh (2-5-4, 0-1-3), which has stumbled out of the gate facing stiff competition locally and nationally.

John Carroll (6-4-2, 4-0), on the other hand, got back on the winning track after being upset at home Friday by C. Milton Wright, 3-2. The Patriots had led 2-0 in that game.

The John Carroll defense, led by sophomore goalie Andrea Gaeta (three saves), made sure there would be no collapse yesterday.

"I don't like 2-0 games. I would rather it be 3-0 or 1-0. When it's 1-0, you are more intense. When it's 3-0, you are more relaxed, but when it's 2-0, you have a false sense of security," said John Carroll coach Gary Lynch. "We were up 2-0 last Friday against C. Milton Wright and lost focus."

The Patriots scored their first goal at the 15:50 mark of the first half when Krissy Zerhusen assisted Lauren Ward, who floated a shot into the upper right corner of the goal.

"It is really important if you are on the road and can score first. It then takes two goals to beat you," Lynch said.

On the second goal, Shannon Seipp headed Amy Graul's corner kick toward the ground in the middle of the goalie box, and Jaime Zimmerman knocked it into the goal.

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