No. 6 Garrison Forest needs a little extra incentive to score goals these days. Somehow the prospect of winning doesn't motivate the Grizzlies nearly as much as the threat of losing.
For the third time this fall and the second time this week, the Grizzlies had to come from behind to force yet another tie, this time 1-1 with unranked Notre Dame Prep.
As the ties in the AIS A Division continue to mount, both the Grizzlies (4-0-4 ) and the Pirates (4-1-3) felt they should have won a lot of those tie games.
"I think that we're better than our record," said Garrison goalie Jacque Weitzel. "The thing is the other team will get a goal and then we have this killer instinct and come right back and just nail them. We've only been down three times and each time we came back and scored within five minutes. We just need to keep that up."
Yesterday, the Pirates got the jump on the visitors with a fast break early in the second half. Sofia Lyford-Pike hammered a long ball into the circle that Kate Kaiser lunged to deflect toward the cage. Weitzel had a play on it, but as she slid to clear it away, the ball rolled by her into the cage.
The Grizzlies scored about three minutes later off a penalty corner. Lauren Klein took Devin Fitzpatrick's corner hit and deflected it to Cantey Boyd for the tying goal.
Pirates' sweeper Liz Brown got a stick on Klein's pass, but it wasn't enough to keep it from reaching Boyd.
"I attacked it out and the other girl just slapped right it back in. It was just a one-touch goal," said Brown. That was only the third goal the Pirates have allowed.
The Grizzlies had plenty of chances for more with a 10-7 edge on shots and 9-1 advantage on penalty corners.
"We did attack the whole first half and we should have had at least one," said Garrison coach Micul Ann Morse. "We do everything right until we get into the circle. Then, it's like we're too far away from the ball."
On the other hand, the speedy Pirates caught the Grizzlies a couple players down on the break a few times. One of those breakaways nearly gave the Pirates the victory when Kaiser maneuvered past every defender for a shot that carried wide.
Weitzel saved another goal in the first half with a split save to repel Lacey Aumiller's close-range bullet.
NDP coach Kathleen Gower said the ties are getting a bit xTC frustrating especially because the AIS does not play overtime during the regular season to prevent the succeeding JV games from running into darkness.
"It is hard," said Gower, "because you get so close. I told them they can't get disappointed with the ties, because it would be so easy to think, 'Oh, another one. We had them. We were so close.'"
* Severna Park 4, Southern-AA 0: Amy Noble scored a goal in each half as the top-ranked Falcons (12-0) shut out the host Bulldogs (3-9).
* St. Paul's 1, Maryvale 0: Junior Sarah Oglesby scored 8:45 into the first half, assisted by Mills Hooks, to lead host and No. 10 St. Paul's (6-0-2) past No. 15 Maryvale (4-5-2).
* Friends 2, Roland Park 0: No. 11 and host Friends (8-2) got goals from seniors Susannah Gust and Cary Pirone on the way to victory over No. 12 Roland Park.
* Mount Hebron 1, Howard 0: Lara Prendergast's first-half goal off an assist by Dawn Dorsey gave the Vikings (9-1-1 overall, 5-1 league) the win over the host Lions (6-5, 4-2).