St. Mary's standout Tiffany Schummer came to Weems Whalen Field in Annapolis yesterday with her mind set on revenge.
Wilde Lake scoring star Amanda Berman arrived with a headache.
Schummer got her revenge and Berman found a remedy for her headache, but only Schummer was smiling when the two players walked off the field.
Schummer and second-ranked St. Mary's dominated 15th-ranked Wilde Lake all afternoon on the way to a 2-0 victory that could have been worse if the Saints had found a way to cash in just a few of their 11 shots in the first half.
St. Mary's (2-0) outshot Wilde Lake, 11-2, in the first half but had to settle for a scoreless tie at halftime that was broken up four minutes into the second half when Schummer scored from 10 yards out.
Schummer, a junior, was standing alone, watching teammates battle for head shots in front of the Wilde Lake net when the ball suddenly bounced back to her. She sent a low liner past Wildecats goalie Jamie Marcus for 1-0 lead.
"I was in the right place at the right time on that play," said Schummer. "I wanted this game badly because they had beaten us the last three years, and we decided we weren't going to take it [losing] anymore."
Freshman Kelly Coppedge gave the Saints a 2-0 lead with 18 minutes left in the game on a beautiful floating shot from 20 yards out that settled into the right corner of the net, much to the dismay of the Wilde Lake defense.
Coppedge's goal was set up by ahustling play by sophomore Maria Smear, who simply beat Wilde Lake to the ball and showed nice touch on a pass to her explosive teammate.
"I've had good luck with crosses, but this time I went for the goal and it worked out," said Kelly, whose sister Erin is a junior forward on the St. Mary's team. "Maria made a great pass to me, showing a lot of desire in getting to the ball."
Smear just missed making it 3-0 on a header that hit the post with three minutes left. St. Mary's outshot Wilde Lake (0-1), 21-6.
Amanda Berman, whose twin sister Abbie is a stopper on the Wilde Lake team, entered the season off a 13-goal, 9-assist performance in 1995 but has been bothered by headaches from a concussion she received 3 1/2 months ago while playing Olympic Development soccer.
"I took my medicine at halftime, and that stopped the stinging in my head," said Amanda. "I felt better in the second half but still couldn't take advantage of the few chances we had to score."
Wilde Lake co-coach Anita Andersch said, "We just haven't found the right chemistry this season, and we can't figure it out since we only lost two players from last year (9-4-1 record) and felt we replaced those two."
Pub Date: 9/18/96