Sher's 1st goal pulls off huge win for McDonogh

No. 1 Notre Dame Prep succumbs in overtime, 3-2

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 16, 2003|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When junior forward Alex Sher told her McDonogh friends that she hadn't scored in her two-year varsity soccer career, they told her to think of the opportunity the situation presented.

"They told me to be patient, because when I score, it will be a big goal," Sher said.

Yesterday, Sher scored 28 seconds into overtime to give host McDonogh a 3-2 victory over top-ranked and previously unbeaten Notre Dame Prep in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.

Brittany Tegeler, the metro area's leading scorer, got both of the Eagles' first two goals and assisted on Sher's game-winner for No. 7 McDonogh (11-5-1, 4-2-1). NDP fell to 9-1 and 7-1.

Just after overtime began, Tegeler beat two defenders down the right side of the field and sent a perfect cross in front of the goal.

"She put the ball right on my foot," Sher said. "I just let it fly."

Her shot beat NDP goalkeeper Heather McArthur to her right and touched off a wild celebration by the McDonogh faithful.

"We're playing with a lot of confidence lately, and Notre Dame Prep has an awesome team," Tegeler said. "It's an honor to beat a team that's as good as they are."

McDonogh took the lead in the 45th minute when Tegeler dribbled through the Blazers' defense, switched the ball from her right foot to her left and fired a shot past McArthur for a 1-0 lead.

NDP answered just under five minutes later when Zoe Bouchelle's pass found Beth Koloup in traffic in front of the Eagles' net. Koloup's shot beat McDonogh's Julie Kafka in the upper left-hand corner to tie it.

The Eagles regained the lead in the 66th minute. Tegeler outran most of the Blazers' defense and deflected a shot off McArthur into the net.

With six minutes left, Bouchelle pulled the Blazers even again when she one-timed a ball off a deflection in front of the net.

"You saw a great game today," said NDP coach Chris Lopez. "[My players] were resilient, and they stepped up to every challenge. I can't complain when we lose on a golden goal in overtime."

Boys soccer

No. 2 Archbishop Curley 2, No. 5 McDonogh 1: Senior Matt Beale beat goalkeeper Steven King on a 20-yard shot seven minutes into overtime, and the host Friars (16-0-2) preserved their unbeaten record by outlasting the Eagles (9-4-1) in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

The Eagles were coming off a 2-1, double-overtime loss to unbeaten No. 4 Loyola (15-0-1) on Monday.

Gilman 4, No. 10 Calvert Hall 1: Micah Fergenson scored three goals in a four-minute span of the second half to spark the visiting Greyhounds to an upset victory over the Cardinals.

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