Catholic's Alison Healey had only one thing on her mind yesterday as she prepared to fire the game-winning goal with time running out.
"It was an open goal, and I was just thinking, 'Don't shank it,' " said Healey, whose goal was set up by Becky Bieneman's perfectly-timed pass.
Healey scored with just six seconds left to give the No. 1 Cubs a 3-2 edge over No. 15 McDonogh in a battle of Catholic League A Division rivals at Herring Run Park.
The Cubs (6-0 overall, 3-0 in the Catholic League) are ranked fifth in the nation this week by USA Today, but the Eagles (2-2-2, 1-1) gave them all they could handle in the second half, rallying back from a 2-0 deficit.
Only Bieneman's timing and Healey's composure kept the game from ending in a tie.
Bieneman controlled the ball in the middle and drew a crowd, including Eagles keeper Laura Fawley. She found a passing lane out to Healey open on the right and Healey booted in a slow roller.
"I give a lot of credit to Becky," said Healey. "She pressured that ball all the way and, luckily, it bounced out to me, and I finished it. It was a great run by Becky."
The winning goal came just two minutes after Cubs coach Jerry Dieter was ejected for a heated argument with officials. He wanted a penalty kick after Cubs striker Nicole Brooks tumbled in a collision with a McDonogh defender.
Dieter said he thought it was a foul more flagrant than an earlier one by Cubs sweeper Beth Frey that had resulted in a penalty kick for the Eagles.
Frey tripped up Lisa Zanti on a breakaway and Marissa Schuchat converted the penalty kick to tie at 2-2.
"That goal definitely motivated us a little bit more," said Schuchat. "We knew we were expected to play a little tougher. We felt like up to that point we weren't really winning the balls, we weren't playing hard."
Schuchat also scored the Eagles' first goal on a low corner kick that curled around the near post. Cubs keeper Corrine Butcher dived and grabbed the ball, but after it crossed the goal line.
The Eagles stayed in the game with some tough defensive stands, including persistent marking by Kellan Hoover that shut down All-Metro striker Brooks.
In the first half, the Cubs dominated the 50-50 balls and kept the pressure on. Still they came away with only two goals -- the first, an own goal. Bieneman scored the second, deflecting a direct kick from Katie Rose Riegger from about 20 yards out.
"It's probably a really good game for us in more than one way," said Dieter. "Sometimes it's good that something lets you know you have to work hard all the time."
No. 13 Loch Raven 2, No. 12 John Carroll 1: Ashley Froman and Nicole Wartman scored late in the first half as the Raiders came from behind to defeat John Carroll, 2-1. Angie Ruocco had 11 saves for the Raiders (1-2-1).
Laura Tiburzi scored on an assist from Kristen Jasper in the 14th minute to give the Patriots (3-2) the early lead, but Froman soon slipped a 20-yard direct kick through the hands of freshman goalie Maggie Pyzik. Wartman scored the game-winner in the 37th minute, bringing the ball down on the right side and $H crossing it into the far corner.
Pub Date: 9/19/97