Spalding ousts J. Carroll

Girls soccer

November 03, 2006|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

No. 4 John Carroll's two-year reign as the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champion came to an end yesterday as top-ranked Archbishop Spalding beat the visiting Patriots, 2-1, in the conference semifinals on a blustery afternoon in Anne Arundel County.

Molly Schaefer's close-range goal off a corner kick from Ali Jones with 11:35 left was the difference for the Cavaliers (18-0-2), who avenged their loss to John Carroll in last year's conference finals. In that game, Spalding gave up the tying goal with seven minutes left and eventually lost on penalty kicks.

While Spalding coach Bob Dieterle said he never dwelled on last year's loss to the Patriots in the final, some of his players admitted the win over John Carroll was extra sweet.

"I didn't want to lose this game, especially to this team my senior year," Schaefer said. "I just wanted to win this game and get to the championship. We've wanted this since August. Now, we have just one more to go."

Erica Page opened the scoring for Spalding with 31:56 left when she knocked in a cross from Jones. However, John Carroll (15-3-2) began to find holes in the Cavalier defense and eventually tied the game with 18:14 left when Grace Gaeng collected the ball with her back to the goal, spun to her left and sent a low shot into the near corner from about 10 yards.

No. 3 Pallotti 1, No. 5 McDonogh 0 -- The Panthers earned their first trip to the IAAM A Conference finals by beating the Eagles on penalty kicks, 3-1, after neither team scored during regulation or the two overtime periods. The Eagles dominated the first half, but Pallotti's defense, anchored by goalie Amanda Carta, made key plays to stop McDonogh. "We have been saying all season that we work harder than everybody else," Pallotti coach Mike Vawter said. "We set a goal to win the championship, and we were prepared." Annesia Faulkner, who has 20 goals on the season, also scored the winning penalty kick in the shootout. Carta also stopped two of McDonogh's penalty shots in the shootout. "Amanda has come up huge for us all season," Vawter said. Pallotti will face Spalding in the championship on Sunday at Calvert Hall.

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