Archbishop Spalding senior midfielder Kelly Patterson was caught in the moment.
Asked if there was any doubt where she planned to shoot her penalty kick — the one that gave the No. 5 Cavaliers the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference girls soccer championship against No. 1 McDonogh on Monday night — she said with a smile: "Same spot every time."
Patterson found the top left corner to clinch the penalty kick shootout by a 4-2 margin for the Cavaliers, who captured their fourth league championship at Stevenson University. The game was tied at 2 through 100 minutes of soccer, Patterson tied the game with 2:21 left in regulation .
For Spalding, Sarah Martin, Victoria Connor and Gracyn Bryant scored goals and goalkeeper Cassidy Babin made two brilliant saves in the shootout to set the stage for Patterson. In handing the two-time defending conference champ and No. 1 Eagles (16-3) their first league loss of the season, the Cavaliers finish out the season with a 15-3-3 mark. Coach Bob Dieterle, who was coaching his final game with the team along with assistant coach Bob Wagner, leaves the program with a 173-24-21 mark and four titles in eight championship games .
"They just never quit, they just never gave up — even when it looked like it was curtains in regular play. But it's been like that all season and found a way to win," he said.
After freshman Bridgette Andrzejewski gave McDonogh a 2-1 lead with a blistering shot from 20 yards with 17 minutes left, it appeared the Eagles had what it would take to win a third straight championship. But the Cavaliers kept pushing. With 2:21 to play, Julia Heck sent a pass to Patterson, whose shot just crossed the goal line as a McDonogh defender tried to clear it away.
Both teams had chances in 20 minutes of overtime , but weren't able to break through to set up the penalty kicks.
Martin, Connor and Bryant all went to the right side to find success on their penalty kicks before Patterson went left for the championship decider.
"It was unreal," Patterson said. "We just talked about this being our goal the entire season and we finally did it – it's just awesome."
St. John's Catholic Prep 2, Institute of Notre Dame 0: St. John's Catholic Prep got off to a fast start and never looked back to hand Institute of Notre Dame its first league loss of the season.
Freshman forward Elizabeth Coletti scored 3 minutes into the game and added her second goal midway through the first half to provide the second-seeded Vikings a 2-0 halftime lead. St. John's protected the lead by continuing to attack in the second half. Penguins junior goalie Jess Carter made a save on a point-blank shot — her seventh of the game — with 25 minutes left before leaving the game due to injury. The Penguins pressed in the closing minutes, but couldn't break through. Ashley Lynch had a shot from 16 yards that was turned away by St. John's goalie Beth Ann Pierce .
The Penguins, who moved down to the league B Conference after competing in the A Conference, went into the game with a perfect 12-0 league mark, including a 4-1 win against St. John's on Oct. 3. They finish the season 15-4-1 , while St. John's ends at 16-3.
(at Stevenson university)
5 Spalding 2, 1 McDonogh 2 (Spalding won in the penalty kick shootout, 4-2)
Goals: S – Bryant; M – Holmes, Abdrzejewski, Patterson
Assists: M – Pearson; Heck
Saves: AS – Babin 8; M -- Clark 4
St. John's Catholic Prep 2, Institute of Notre Dame 0
Goals: SJ – Coletti 2
Assists: SJ -- Nelson
Saves: SJ – Pierce 10; IND – Carter 7, Roberts 1
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