McDonogh vs. St. Mary's: to be continued; 2-2 game suspended because of darkness; IAAM soccer; HIGH SCHOOLS


St. Mary's and McDonogh went hard for 100 minutes of soccer yesterday afternoon in Owings Mills to see which team would advance to Sunday's Independent Athletic Association of Maryland championship game.

One thing was missing: a winner.

With the scored tied at 2, the game was suspended because of darkness after the second 10-minute overtime. The two teams will return to the field at 2: 45 today and pick up where the game was left off with two five-minute periods of sudden death followed by penalty kicks if needed.

The No. 2 Eagles, relying on quick, controlled counters and precise finishing, took a 2-0 lead in a first half that No. 5 St. Mary's controlled most of the way with its short, one-touch passes.

Senior Lisa Zanti got the scoring started, taking a through ball from Mary Beth Creed and finding the near post from 12 yards out with 19: 10 left.

Another through ball got behind the St. Mary's defense, this one from Zanti, that Ali Andrzejewski placed in the lower right corner for a 2-0 McDonogh lead.

Freshman Ashly Kennedy quickly got the Saints back in the game three minutes into the second half when she scored from 18 yards out.

Athena Gramates tied the game when she dribbled past McDonogh's off-side's trap, carrying the ball in from 30 yards out.

McDonogh had the better of the play for most of the remainder of the second half, along with the two overtimes, but the Saints had the best chance when Kerie Sample's rocket from 25 yards out skimmed off the crossbar.

"I thought we outplayed them in the first half, but they had some great passes and great finishes and we were down 2-0," said St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin. "We earned a couple good ones, and then both teams played their hearts out."

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