Bryn Mawr senior Amy Siriporn picked the perfect time to score the first goal of her high school career.
Through the first 41 minutes of yesterday's contest, No. 5 Bryn Mawr and No. 6 Friends played about as evenly as their rankings. But Siriporn changed all that with one shot.
With nine minutes left, the center halfback converted on a stellar corner play to lift the Mawrtians to a 1-0 victory in an Association of Independent Schools A Division league game.
Siriporn, who set up wide to the left of the goal, stopped a short corner pass from Dabney Varner and fired it into the far corner of the cage. The ball sailed past Friends keeper Lauren Ellis and just out of reach of halfback Jane Latshaw playing the angle just a bit deeper than Ellis.
That corner play took the Quakers by surprise, said Siriporn. "Most people just expect you to shoot from the top, so when you get the ball out there, they think you're going to pass to the top because it's such a hard angle."
For Bryn Mawr (5-0-1 overall, 2-0-1 league), the victory continues a sensational early-season run. Their only tie came to Maryvale, a bit of a surprise contender.
"This was a big win," said Mawrtians coach Jeanette Budzik. "Just everybody in the whole league seems to be good this year. I think it's great -- everybody is at such a high skill level. There isn't one team dominating."
On the other hand, the Quakers have struggled a little, falling to 4-2 overall and 0-2 in the league. Veteran defender Aubin McCarthy said the losses should spark a quick comeback.
"I remember last year we lost a bunch and then won a lot of games in a row. We were very confident before we lost these two, and I think we can come back," said McCarthy. Yesterday, the Quakers had seven penalty corners, but they managed just three shots in the game. They only put together a couple of good scoring threats.
On one first-half corner play, Celia Barss sent a pass into the circle that Liz Bowman shot. A defender deflected the ball, but it nearly went into the cage. In the second half, Shawny Nellums beat a couple of defenders to the circle before firing a shot wide.
But those opportunities were too few for the Quakers, who had a week off before beating Spalding, 1-0, Saturday.
"We didn't get the ball in scoring position," said Friends coach Carol Samuels. "Against Spalding, we didn't finish. Today, we didn't even start. How many crosses did we have? One or two. We need to give ourselves more opportunities to score."
Notre Dame Prep 2, Roland Park 1
Kira Nazelrod and Allison Smith each scored one second-half goal as visiting Notre Dame Prep (6-0-1) continued its impressive turnaround from last season's 2-7-3 finish with an upset win over No. 3 Roland Park (2-2).