Defense, Awalt goal lead Notre Dame, 1-0 Field hockey


The combination of timely offense and tough defense paid off again for Notre Dame Prep.

Liesl Awalt scored 4:58 into the game for No. 8 Notre Dame, and the Pirates' defense turned in another strong performance for a 1-0 victory over visiting and No. 15 McDonogh in an Association of Independent Schools League A Division field hockey game yesterday.

Moments after a corner hit, Kara Rittenhouse crossed the ball to Awalt near the left side of the cage. Awalt then put it past McDonogh goalie Stacy Bekman.

"I just stopped it and pushed it in," said Awalt. "I knew no one was marking me [and] realized I was wide open."

Notre Dame Prep (8-1-2, 3-1-2) rebounded from a 4-2 loss to Maryvale on Monday. The Pirates allowed only two goals in the first nine games before the Maryvale loss, and coach Kathleen Bathon said that game weighed on her team's mind yesterday.

"They were fired up," said Bathon. "They were not pleased with how they played [against Maryvale]."

The Pirates probably liked this effort better. The quick goal seemed to spark the team, and they controlled play for a while afterward.

Their two other good chances to score came later in the half when Jenny Chausiriporn just missed on two tough shots. She fired one wide left from about five yards with seven minutes left, and she redirected a shot wide to the right four minutes later.

McDonogh (9-3, 2-3), however, put lots of pressure on the Pirates in the first half and throughout the second. The Eagles won many balls in the midfield area and kept pushing the ball into the Notre Dame Prep end.

"After [the goal] I felt we dominated the game," said McDonogh coach Mickey Deegan. "But, we couldn't execute or get some decent chances."

The best chances for McDonogh came in the second half. First, Anne Stuart Dawson nearly got the ball on a breakaway seven minutes into the second half. A few minutes later, she broke free but shot wide right. After that, Aleza Posner took a cross and sent it wide left.

* Friends 1, Garrison Forest 0: No. 14 and host Friends (5-3-2, 2-3-1) used a second-half goal by Celia Barss to defeat Garrison Forest in a AIS Division A league game.

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