Bouchelle boosts Notre Dame Prep in OT

She nets go-ahead goal in 3-1 win over McDonogh

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 16, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

When yesterday's girls soccer showdown between No. 7 Notre Dame Prep and No. 14 McDonogh came down to overtime, one of two players seemed likely to make the difference -- NDP's Zoey Bouchelle or McDonogh's Brittany Tegeler.

Bouchelle, a versatile All-Metro midfielder, took the first shot in overtime and set up a teammate for another. Tegeler, coming off a 20-goal freshman season, had already scored once and fired 17 shots in the game -- 12 of them on goal.

A minute into the second 10-minute overtime period, the break came, and it went Bouchelle's way. With the visiting Eagles pushing up, NDP's Beth Koloup started a counterattack by clearing a short ball. Bouchelle was there and raced 65 yards for the goal that sparked a 3-1 Blazers victory.

McDonogh keeper Julie Kafka, who made saves on NDP's two earlier chances in overtime, tried to cut off the angle, but Bouchelle nailed the ball inside the far post.

"We didn't really have anybody back, and they exploded out of it so much faster than we did," said Eagles All-Metro back Megan Riedy. "They had four players up there and we had two defenders. You have to read where she's going. You don't know if she's passing. She's real unpredictable."

Jenna Wontrop iced the victory for the host Blazers in the 98th minute when she headed a perfect pass from Emily Bock past Kafka.

The win puts the Blazers in position to clinch first place in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference if they can beat John Carroll today. While a win for the Blazers (9-1 overall, 6-1 league) would put them on top, a loss would drop them to third behind No. 8 John Carroll and No. 5 St. Mary's, the defending champion.

The Blazers, behind first-year coach Chris Lopez, have lost only a 1-0 game to St. Mary's.

"We're lucky that we have really talented players who don't have the need to be the stars of the team," Lopez said. "They're willing to let everybody play, and that makes it a team effort."

The Eagles (5-6-4, 3-2-3) struck first when Tegeler nailed a 25-yard shot high in the left corner of the net off a pass from Jamie Dorsey.

In the 42nd minute, the Blazers tied it with a goal by freshman Caitlin McFadden. Bouchelle started the play with a chip to Kayce Blanford, whose header was batted away by Kafka. The keeper then fell and McFadden tapped the ball in.

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