Playing keep-away for most of the second half yesterday against Notre Dame Prep, visiting St. Mary's needed a while to find its reward.
Junior midfielder Melissa Anderson provided the finishing touch, putting in a long cross from Meghan Ryan with six minutes left to give the No. 6-ranked Saints a 2-1 win against the No. 5 Pirates in Towson.
With the game tied at 1 going into second-half play, the Saints took control by getting to the ball first at midfield, working their short passing game and then getting the game-winner from Anderson.
"We were expecting it to come. We were controlling the ball and kept pounding it in there," said St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin. "Melissa was in the right spot and able to slip one behind the keeper. It was a nice play."
The Saints improved to 8-2-2 overall and stayed undefeated at 5-0-2 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland.
The Pirates (8-2-1) dropped their second straight league game in what NDP coach Mark Deaton called a pivotal week; NDP lost Monday, too, to No. 2 John Carroll.
Yesterday, the Pirates, with senior captains Megan Schwartz and Lindy Zaicko out of the lineup for disciplinary reasons, scored first. Lauren Moore pounced on a loose ball that squirted through the goal mouth midway through the first 40 minutes.
Freshman Mary Key got the Saints even late in the half, free in front to turn in a shot from 10 yards after receiving a pass from her sister Sarah.
But the Saints had the ball for the rest of the afternoon.
"They're a good short-passing team [and] work off one another real well with a lot of one- and two-touch," said Deaton, who got strong performances from junior sweeper Kim Singleton and five saves from sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Stone.
"I feel like we're getting better," he said. "The defense has stabilized, and we're trying to work off each other more. The first half, we were working the ball well. We were stabbing at the ball too much today, and I think we got a little tired at the end."
Early in the second half, Ryan, a freshman stopper, delivered a long cross from the right side targeted at the far post to Kerie Sample, who shot just wide.
A second and nearly identical chance for Ryan down the same side proved more beneficial later, when Anderson placed a low shot under Stone for the winner.
Pub Date: 10/14/99