Nairn scores pair, rallies No. 1 Spalding

Cavs tie John Carroll in state title rematch

Fall sports

Varsity

October 11, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER

Spalding's All-Metro junior midfielder Christine Nairn has long had a knack for finding a corner of the goal and her shots can come from just about anywhere in the offensive third of the field.

With defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champion John Carroll visiting yesterday in a rematch of last year's girls soccer title game, Nairn twice found corners, and her second goal in the 64th minute helped the No. 1 Cavaliers earn a 2-2 tie against the No. 5 Patriots.

Spalding (12-0-1) improved to 5-0-1 in the conference, while John Carroll (10-2-1) fell to 5-1-1.

While strong and steady play from Spalding junior goalkeeper Karen Blocker (nine saves) kept the continually pressing Patriots from scoring in the first half, Nairn was able to make good on a chance with limited time and space. She collected a short square pass from sophomore Erica Page and from 20 yards let loose a shot that quickly found the left corner.

After John Carroll tied the score in the opening minute of the second half - junior Grace Gaeng scored from 10 yards after nifty work along the left side - and took the lead on a bad-bounce goal by Brittany Dashiell from 20 yards in the 62nd minute, Nairn went back to work with a free kick from 30 yards.

She found the top right corner for her 10th goal of the season.

"Christine is going to bring excitement to the team - she's going to make the routine play and she's also going to do the extraordinary," Spalding coach Bob Dieterle said. "Every game, she makes plays that you're just like `Wow, did I really see that.'"

The Cavaliers pressed in the 20 minutes of overtime, but were unable to finish off chances to keep their record unblemished. Last season, they were undefeated and untied in the conference before losing the title game to the Patriots in penalty kicks.

As for the Patriots, who got a fine all-around team effort with Gaeng, senior midfielder Melissa Gomes and senior sweeper Jessica Hnatiuk standing out, they left with a tie and validation.

"We didn't know where we fit in as far as the league, and I think today we know that we are still back where we belong," John Carroll coach Gary Lynch said. "These kids really played hard."

Field hockey

Caroline Markowitz scored the game-winning goal in overtime as No. 4 Garrison Forest nipped No. 6 Bryn Mawr, 2-1, to remain unbeaten in Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference play.

The senior scored on a breakaway with 2:01 left in seven-on-seven overtime. Running down the left side with teammate Poppy Hall bringing the ball down the middle, Makowitz took a lead pass from Hall and fired it past lunging Mawrtians goalie Abigail Bisbee.

In taking a second - but much more difficult - victory over the Mawrtians (7-3, 5-3 conference) this fall, the visiting Grizzlies (13-1, 10-0) allowed only their fourth goal of the season, to Allie Emala, midway through the second half.

Katherine Dunn

MORE VARSITY

TODAY IN ANNE ARUNDEL -- With size, speed, skill and determination, senior quarterback Kelian Stevens is proving to be a reliable foundation for Old Mill's offense.

TODAY IN HOWARD -- Hitting the home stretch of a sensational four-year varsity career, St. Vincent Pallotti senior Annesia Faulkner has scored a staggering 96 goals to go with 42 assists.

COMING SUNDAY IN CARROLL COUNTY / / With 14 players on the team, Winters Mills volleyball coach Shelly Katzef keeps her players sharp by having then compete for starting positions at every practice.

COMING SUNDAY IN HARFORD COUNTY / / Fallston soccer player Matt Nowicki is back on the field and better than ever after spending nearly all of last season standing on the sideline because of a knee injury suffered in the first game of the season.

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