After a first half dominated by No. 3 Notre Dame Prep's high-powered offense, No. 14 Franklin, trailing by two goals, returned to the field determined to salvage the game.
The host Indians needed just 14 minutes to tie the score at 2-2. Then, their defense held off NDP for the final 46 minutes -- including 20 minutes of overtime -- to end in a deadlock.
After a difficult first half, in which they were outshot 11-2, the Indians (2-0-3) were pleased with the outcome.
"This is a very good tie for us," said Indians defender Lindsay Sproul. "We came out here knowing that it was going to be one of the toughest games we've played so far. We played Hereford and North Carroll and they were both ranked, but these guys were ranked third and we played with everything we had to give."
Sproul scored the goal that tied the score in the 54th minute.
When Sproul set up for a direct kick near the left sideline 20 yards away from Notre Dame Prep's goal, her teammates prepared to crash the right side. Instead, Sproul's kick sailed across the goal mouth and slipped into the upper right corner of the net.
Notre Dame Prep goalie Lauren Stone never had a play.
"There was nothing anyone could do about that," said Pirates defender Kim Singleton. "Our goalie is pretty tall, but there's no way she could have gotten it."
Earlier in the half, the Indians scored off Brandi Sproul's corner kick. Lindsay Sproul redirected her sister's kick and Lynnea Finch tapped it past Stone.
The Indians, however, owe their comeback as much to defense as offense. Led by the Sproul sisters, Finch, Katie Riesenfeld and Christine Jorden, the Indians cut the Pirates' shot total from 11 in the first half to five in the second.
In the overtime, the Pirates outshot the Indians, 3-2, but neither team made the other's goalie work very hard. Stone and Franklin's Candice Doten each made two saves and each batted away a high ball coming across the goal mouth.
For the Pirates (5-0-1), most of the excitement came in the first half as they dominated play, outshooting the Indians, 11-2.
In the first 33 minutes, Ann Damon and Megan Schwartz scored on loose balls that got away from Doten. Each time Doten lost the handle on the ball, the Pirates shooters nailed it right past her.
"I just wanted to pump everybody up and get them back into the game and hopefully we'd come back and try to win," said Doten. "I'm happy with what we did. We went out there and dug down with everything we had to come back with those two goals."
Pub Date: 9/28/99