Schuch gives Dulaney win in OT, 1-0 Victory over Hereford keeps No. 5 Lions perfect


For much of regulation, No. 5 Dulaney just did not get close enough to shoot the ball past Hereford's All-Metro keeper Kate MacFarlane.

Then in overtime, Lions wing Paige Young sent a ball into the middle where Ali Schuch waited -- plenty close enough. Schuch fired the ball low into the net giving the Lions a 1-0 victory over No. 14 Hereford.

MacFarlane finished with 10 saves, although the Lions (8-0 overall, 4-0 league) didn't make her work until the second half.

"In the first half, there were a lot of floaty dribblers, floaty shots to the corner which is good on just about every other team, but we're not going to get any trash goals on her," said Dulaney coach Amy Green. "I told them the shots had to be hard and low, and sure enough the one that went in was hard and low."

If not for a leaping MacFarlane save midway through the second half Schuch could have put the Lions on the board sooner. Schuch's line drive headed for the left corner, but MacFarlane batted it away.

Three more times in the half, the junior keeper saved the Bulls, including snatching a ball just as Shannon Gallup was about to head it in.

While MacFarlane kept the Bulls (3-4, 1-3) in the game, the Lions' midfield kept the pressure on Hereford's defense. Dulaney stopper Kristen McLewee and halfbacks Schuch, Nicole Whittelsberger and Jaime Hershner won most of the loose balls.

As a result, the Lions spent most of the game inside Hereford's 40-yard line in a standoff with Bulls backs Alice Davis and Adrienne Allen and sweeper Kristy Kane.

"When it came pressure time, we couldn't clear it," said Davis. "We needed to get some good solid kicks on it and get it up field."

Outshot 16-9, the Bulls had only one strong threat against Lions keeper Tricia Dabrowski (seven saves).

The Lions took the only two shots in the 5:44 played in overtime.

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