Although neither team captured the victory, Severn left with frustration and Notre Dame Prep came away with some restored confidence.
Battling back from a two-goal halftime deficit, No. 9 NDP received two second-half goals from Joanna Alinsod and took advantage of several mental lapses to rally to a 3-3 tie yesterday with the visiting No. 14 Admirals. It's the third straight meeting between the AIS schools that has ended in a tie.
Alinsod's game-tying goal came with 10 minutes remaining as the Pirates shut out Severn for the final 26 1/2 minutes.
"I was impressed how we handled ourselves today," NDP first-year coach Lisa Costello said. "It was the first time this year .. we were really challenged. And I didn't feel any sense of panic out there."
The Pirates (2-0-1) used the slick field to their advantage in the second half, as the quick surface aided their transition game. The fast-paced attack struck six minutes after halftime, when Alinsod slapped in a crossing pass from Lauren Aumiller to cut NDP's deficit to 3-2.
Just nine minutes later, Alinsod and Aumiller connected again in similar fashion. Aumiller's long pass skipped past three Severn defenders' sticks to Alinsod, who redirected it from point-blank range to tie the game at 3.
Severn had the best opportunity to take the victory, but a long pass by Bif Moorshead sailed a few yards out in front of the goal and out of bounds as time expired.
"Down two goals, there was more tension and pressure on us to score," said Alinsod, a senior attacker. "We just had to get in their face more because they have a real good defense."
The comeback squandered a strong first-half effort by Severn (3-2-1). The Admirals blitzed the Pirates immediately, taking a 2-0 lead on goals by Ashley Dodson and Whitney Faust in the opening eight minutes.
And after Aumiller's score got NDP to within 2-1, Severn's Carrie Farr countered with a goal just 1 1/2 minutes before halftime. The Admirals dominated possession in the first half, taking four penalty corners and outshooting the Pirates 9-3, but never matched the same intensity in the second half.
"The letdown was a mental thing," Severn coach Renie Sotiropoulis said. "If we stayed strong and focused, I think we would have won."
Pub Date: 9/23/98