Spalding edges McDonogh

Yunger's last-minute goal sends No. 4 Cavaliers over No. 5 Eagles, 1-0

Girls soccer

High Schools

September 15, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Archbishop Spalding's Jennah Yunger isn't sure how many goals she has so far this young season, guessing either two or three.

The sophomore forward does know this: Yesterday's against No. 5 McDonogh was by far her biggest.

It was also the game's only goal - coming in the 80th and final minute of regulation - sending the No. 4 Cavaliers past the visiting Eagles, 1-0, in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference girls soccer opener for both teams.

Working the right side, Yunger found rare space in close and ran on to a ball that was nudged across from freshman midfielder Christine Nairn. She was able to slip a shot under McDonogh keeper Julie Kafka at the near post to quickly turn a game dominated by defense on both sides into a positive result for the Cavaliers.

"You just have to stay persistent, and you can't lose focus on the game. You just keep playing until the whistle blows," said Yunger, who has two goals on the season. "Our defense held up for us and our midfield worked hard to get it up top to us. It was just lucky it got through, and I just ran onto it and scored. It was awesome."

Yunger may have called it lucky, but Spalding coach Bob Dieterle called it a "goal-scorer's goal."

"It's one of those things where as a scorer, you get close a lot until you finally break through. She was very determined on that goal, put it away and that proved to be the difference in the game," he said.

Spalding improved to 5-1-1 on the season. McDonogh is 4-2.

The Eagles' defense, collectively, took away much of the Cavaliers' space to keep them from their possession game. At the other end, McDonogh standout striker Brittany Tegeler was kept in check by Spalding's defense as she often settled for shots from outside the penalty area.

"In the first half, I'm not sure what we were waiting for, but I thought we played well in the second half and the game opened up," said McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan Jr. "We just have to get two good halves together - 80 minutes of good soccer - and we'll be all right."

No. 7 Glenelg 7, Hammond 1: Senior midfielder Meghan Haspert and sophomore forward Amanda Feaga each scored two goals to pace the visiting Gladiators to victory.

Sophomore midfielder Diana Apel contributed a goal and an assist, and senior midfielder Mindy Sartori had two assists for Glenelg (3-1 overall and 1-0 in Howard County).

Senior midfielder Emily Bois scored the lone goal for the Bears (0-1, 0-1).

Sun staff writer Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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