NDP strikes back at IND, 2-1

Bouchelle's goal avenges '04 girls soccer playoff loss

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September 09, 2005|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Some of the sting from last year's loss to the Institute of Notre Dame in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals apparently still resonates with Notre Dame Prep's soccer team.

However, Julia Bouchelle's goal 30 seconds into the first overtime yesterday, pushing the No. 4 Blazers (2-0) past the No. 5 Indians (0-1), 2-1, in this year's first meeting between the teams, appeared to ease some of the pain.

Although NDP coach Chris Lopez would not categorize the win as sweet revenge, he couldn't help but admit it will go a long way toward helping his team's collective psyche.

This is just a rivalry every year," Lopez said. "This was a nice game to watch. Everyone was playing tough. Everyone was playing hard. It never really got out of hand. It was a fantastic game."

The winning goal came after junior forward Cynthia Gamboa collected a loose ball at midfield, dribbled past one defender and then passed to Bouchelle.

The sophomore forward, who was about 18 yards from the goal, turned and sent it past charging IND goalie Jess Vetock.

Indians coach Dave Schaeffer was disappointed his defenders failed to properly mark Gamboa, who had given his team fits all afternoon and had tied the game at 1 with 10 minutes left in the first half.

"There is no way, her being a marquee player, that she should have had that much room to move," Schaeffer said.

"I don't know what happened there. We just have to focus more. All in all, I thought both teams played pretty well. It's just tough being on the short end of the stick."

The teams appeared evenly matched, underscoring Lopez's assessment that this could be a season of parity in the IAAM A Conference.

The teams traded scoring opportunities before IND capitalized on an indirect free kick just 10 yards from the Blazers' goal with 15 minutes left in the first half.

On the set piece, junior midfielder Brittany Hadaway tapped the ball to senior striker Becky Fraser, who fired it past NDP's wall of defenders into the upper part of the goal.

NDP answered six minutes later when Gamboa poked in a rebound from close range off a shot from Caitlyn McFadden. Gamboa was the game's major playmaker, constantly attacking defenders and setting up teammates with her crosses.

Field hockey

No. 11 Century 2, Francis Scott Key 0: Stephany Zile and Shannon Watt scored second-half goals on feeds from Alicia Thompson and Daria Murosko, respectively, as the Knights outshot the visiting Eagles, 13-3.

Cross country

St. John's at Prospect Hall Invitational: Junior Chris Moody's winning time of 16 minutes, 49 seconds sparked the No. 7 Archbishop Spalding boys team's win in Frederick on Wednesday. Archbishop Spalding also won the girls title.

Sun staff writers Katherine Dunn and Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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