Strong 2nd half saves McDonogh

Gibbons scores two goals as No. 5 Eagles advance to IAAM A Conference semifinals

McDonogh 4 Institute of Notre Dame 0

Girls soccer

November 01, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER

In describing one of her two second-half goals in yesterday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference quarterfinal game, McDonogh sophomore forward Megan Gibbons simply said: "I just went after it."

That's exactly what McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan was looking for from his No. 5 Eagles after they were outworked by visiting and No. 8 Institute of Notre Dame in a scoreless first half.

Gibbons quickly responded to Boylan's halftime words - scoring four minutes into the second half - and the Eagles followed her lead for a comfortable 4-0 win. McDonogh (13-3-2) will visit No. 3 Pallotti - a 4-1 winner over Seton Keough - in tomorrow's semifinal set for 3 p.m. The Indians finish at 10-4-2.

When asked what was discussed at halftime, Boylan was equally short with his words: "Heart. Pride. Passion. Energy. ... " he said. "In the first half, we were concerned about all the things we shouldn't have been concerned about - we weren't concerned about playing soccer. So that's what we talked about: not worrying about the parents, not worrying about getting fouled ... just playing."

That was just fine with Gibbons, who relied on hard work and anticipation to score two of McDonogh's first three goals in a 15-minute span at the start of the second half.

She gave the Eagles the lead after winning a one-on-one battle for the ball inside the penalty area and scoring from 14 yards.

After senior forward Chante Sandiford made it 2-0 on a breakaway that was ruled not to be offside, Gibbons intercepted a drop pass, got by the defender it was intended for and finished off a chance high to the near post from inside the penalty area for a 3-0 lead.

After allowing the early goal, the Indians - who got strong efforts from senior midfielder Becky Fraser and junior forward Mara Hauf - were never able to regain their composure before Sandiford made it 2-0.

"The one girl looked like she was about 25 yards offsides from here, so whether she was 1 yard offsides or whatever, I just don't understand. But that's soccer, [McDonogh] played well and they deserved to win," IND coach Dave Schaeffer said. "We had a real good season. In fact, we surpassed the expectations we had in the beginning of the year and we're losing only three seniors."

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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