Seventh-ranked Dulaney needed a late goal to finally edge No. 10 Franklin, 3-2, yesterday, but the Lions' two early goals frustrated Franklin even more than the last one.
First, Dulaney wing Paige Young booted a high floater from about 20 yards out that Indians goalie Ann Marie Molinaro appeared to catch. Wearing new gloves, though, Molinaro could not get a good grip on the ball and it slipped through her hands into the net.
Then Ali Schuch, who fed Young earlier, broke free to go one-on-one with Molinaro and crossed the ball easily into the left corner.
By that time, only eight minutes had elapsed. With a share of first place in Baltimore County's Division I on the line, the Indians (5-1 overall, 2-1 league) already were yelling at each other.
Later in the game, especially after Dulaney (7-0, 3-0) broke a 2-2 tie, the Indians switched to hollering at the officials. That cost senior sweeper Amy Miller a red card and put the Indians a player down for the final 10 minutes.
"She lost her cool and you can't lose your cool on the field," said Indians coach George Wagner. "She just wanted to win. She hasn't beaten this team in four years, but no matter how emotional it is, you're not going to help anybody by losing your cool."
Dulaney coach Amy Green said keeping cool heads was not easy for either team.
"When you've got all these parents yelling on the sidelines and it's a very physical game and you've got red cards and yellow cards flying, it's tough to stay calm," said Green. "I think we really did an excellent job of staying composed, playing within and not trying to do too much. Obviously, two goals up front really shook Franklin."
Still, the Indians managed to come back early in the second half. Sara Gustafson's flip throw in the 55th minute, landed right where Heidi Shaneybrook could shoot it by Lions keeper Tricia Dabrowski.
Gustafson tied the game less than three minutes later when she charged a long ball from the midfield and placed her shot high in the corner.
Then both teams suffered a scare when Schuch and Indians stopper Alison Palguta collided at midfield. Palguta got up quickly, but Schuch left the field with an ice bag on her cheek. The senior center halfback sat out about eight minutes before returning to set up the game-winner.
"I saw it [the ball] coming across and I knew Heidi [Levine] would be right in the middle," said Schuch. "I knew I could tap it to her, so I gave it a little tap and she was right there."
The Lions managed two more shots after Levine's goal in the 66th minute, but Franklin dominated the last 10 minutes.
With two minutes left, the Indians' Missy Farrell headed a pass that went barely wide of the net.
"We had chances," said Wagner, whose team outshot the Lions 13-6 in the second half. "We put pressure on them, we pulled our sweeper and she moved up. Even when she went out, we controlled the last 10 minutes with 10 people."