No. 1 Spalding tops IND in OT

Schaefer's goal enough for Cavaliers, 1-0

Girls Soccer

High Schools

September 24, 2005|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun reporter

Not much has separated Archbishop Spalding and the Institute of Notre Dame in girls soccer the past couple of seasons and last night's game in Severn was no exception.

A little space along the left side for Spalding forward Molly Schaefer and an even smaller part of the goal at the near post was the difference in overtime.

After getting a step on a defender to cut around the left corner, Schaefer was able to sneak a shot past Indians goalkeeper Jess Vetock, providing the game's only goal midway through the first 10-minute overtime.

The No. 1 Cavaliers (7-2) remain perfect in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference with a 4-0 mark, while the No. 8 Indians (4-4) are now 2-2 in league play and 1-3 in overtime games.

After dominating their first three league opponents by a 16-0 margin, the Cavaliers had a tough assignment last night. They passed.

"To have a successful season, you've got to be able to win the close games, the hard games. You got to hang in there and somehow pull them out. It's a fine line between having a terrific season and playing well and not seeing it in the results. This is one of those lines," Spalding coach Bob Dieterle said.

Spalding sophomore Karen Blocker made a marvelous save in the final minute of regulation. Mara Hauf got behind the Spalding defense and was all alone with Blocker, who came out aggressively to smother the shot from 12 yards.

"It was a 50-50 ball and I knew I had to step up and my defense got back after I went out in case anything else happened. Our team just pulled together and fought through to the very end," said Blocker, who recorded her fifth straight shutout.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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