St. Mary's defense stops No. 5 Garrison Forest, 1-0; Gaudreau's first-half goal all 7th-ranked Saints need


St. Mary's senior Kristen Gaudreau found herself all alone at the far post in the first half yesterday against visiting Garrison Forest, and she pounced on the chance to give the No. 7-ranked Saints an early lead.

For the No. 5 Grizzlies, who spent significant time inside St. Mary's scoring circle, a chance like that never came.

Instead, company was always nearby as the Saints' defense denied and denied some more, protecting a lead that would turn into a well-earned, 1-0 win.

St. Mary's improved to 9-2-3 overall and remained unbeaten in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's Applebee Division with a 3-0-1 mark. The Grizzlies dropped to 7-3-4 and 2-2-1 in division play.

The stat of the day was the number of shots that St. Mary's senior keeper Addie Lewis had to rebuff -- three.

On St. Mary's score, Morgan Thalenberg chased down a ball on the left side and sent a strong cross that found Gaudreau, who put in her seventh goal of the season.

After the Grizzlies recorded a 5-0 advantage on penalty corners in the first half, the Saints got a much stronger effort from their midfield to even the field in the second 30 minutes.

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