McDonogh beats Spalding, 2-1, in OT

Bryn Mawr takes 'B' crown; Chapelgate is 'C' champ

November 06, 2010|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

McDonogh All-Metro junior midfielder Ashley Spivey had just enough in reserve to make the strong run with the ball down the right side in overtime of Saturday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game against two-time defending champion Archbishop Spalding.

Her cross to the near post was fiercely challenged by junior forward Taylor Cummings. When the ball squirted free to the left side of the goal, freshman forward Casey Martinez, who had only heard about the intense rivalry with the Cavaliers, took care of the rest.

Shortly after Martinez opportunistically finished off the chance from eight yards with 6:50 left in overtime, the No. 1 Eagles celebrated a 2-1 win over the No. 2 Cavaliers that produced the program's first IAAM championship.

McDonogh, which took hold of the area's No. 1 ranking after the first week of the season, stayed its course to finish with a 16-1-1 mark.  The championship-clinching goal was a microcosm of the Eagles' season — dazzling skills from Spivey, hard work from Cummings and poise from the freshman.

"That was like my last little bit of 'oomph.' I was like, 'My team needs this, so let's take it down and see what happens.'  I put a cross, Taylor put a hardle tackle in ... and our freshman was there to tap it in," said Spivey, who opened the scoring on a free-kick rocket that found the top right corner from 20 yards in the first half.

In winning three of the last four IAAM championships, the Cavaliers have been skilled, hardworking and resilient.

Trailing 1-0 in the latter stages of a second half that had few scoring chances, All-Metro senior forward Maggie Morrison was able to break through with a left-footed goal from 12 yards with 8:58 to play in regulation.

The Cavaliers had done it so many times before, but the Eagles made sure it would be their turn.

 "It's awesome," Martinez said. "I was just imagining what the seniors were feeling, being set back by Spalding for so many years. Now, we finally overcame them."

Spalding, which gave McDonogh its only conference blemish with a 1-1 tie during the regular season, ended another fine season with a 16-4-3 mark.

"They're a great team. We got unlucky at the end. We've had so much luck the past four years that we've been here, one was bound to go against us, so ... " said Morrison, who closed out the season with 21 goals and seven assists. 

 

B Conference

Bryn Mawr 2, Roland Park 1: The No. 15 Mawrtians turned to two familiar sources to come away with their second straight B Conference crown, getting goals from senior forward Morgan Rubin and junior midfielder Riley Barger in the final 12 minutes.

The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute when junior Christa Reese scored and then defended valiantly before the Mawrtians finally broke through.

Rubin ran on to a through ball sent by freshman midfielder Danielle Hogarth, scoring from 10 yards out to tie the game at 1 with 12:30 remaining in the second half. With just 3:35 left, Barger unleashed a shot from 35 yards that found its way just under the crossbar for the deciding goal.

Bryn Mawr (17-1-1) finished 10-0 in conference play, while the Reds ended their season with a 14-3 mark.

C Conference

Chapelgate 1, Park 1 OT (Chapelgate wins, 4-2, on penalty kicks): Senior midfielder Laura Lovaas put away the clinching penalty kick as the Yellowjackets captured their third C Conference title and first since 2005.

Junior forward Kristin Thomas gave Chapelgate a 1-0 lead in the first half, but Park found the equalizer when freshman midfielder Sara Lessans sent the game into overtime with a second-half goal. After 20 minutes of extra time, the title was decided on penalty kicks, with Jennifer Yahiro, Lydia Fierson and Thomas scoring before Lovaas provided the clincher.

Chapelgate closed out its season with a 12-1-2 mark, while Park, which got 15 saves from junior goalkeeper Arianna Strome,  finished 12-3-1.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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