The third-ranked McDonogh girls soccer team narrowly escaped a season-opening upset last night thanks to the outstanding individual effort of a sophomore.
Forward Brittany Tegeler made a 50-yard run and buried a left-footed shot from 17 yards with just 65 seconds left to give the Eagles a 2-2 draw with No. 8 Arundel in the third game of the seventh annual Pioneer Shootout at Anne Arundel Community College.
McDonogh (0-0-1) had trailed Arundel (0-0-1) for 52 minutes before Tegeler's strike.
"I just ran to the goal with all my adrenaline pumping," said Tegeler, who is right-footed. "I saw the keeper inching in on the near post, so I just took a little touch and shot far post. The defender was pushing me to the left, but in the game I don't even notice. I just play whatever foot it comes to."
After the Eagles moved ahead 1-0 in the 15th minute on a 40-yard run by junior forward Dee Dziewanowski, the Wildcats came back with two goals in two minutes. In the 25th minute, junior Allison Johnson rifled a perfect shot from 20 yards inside the left post to tie the game 1-1. Moments later, junior Melissa Hornfeck scored off a corner kick when she drilled a shot in from 10 yards.
For much of the second half it appeared Arundel would close out the upset. The Wildcats continued to play aggressively to try and score a third goal. But the strategy backfired in the end when Tegeler gathered the ball behind midfield and had plenty of space to mount a counterattack.
"The game is 80 minutes," Arundel coach Tom Degner said. "We kept pushing up. The team had so much enthusiasm that they just kept going and going and didn't really think about protecting a lead. And, hey, it's the first game of the season against a good opponent, so we did well. We need to learn from our mistakes."
St. Mary's 4, South River 1: St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin expressed concern that his top-ranked Saints may not be battle-tested heading into their season opener because two of their preseason scrimmages had been canceled. Those concerns were quickly erased.
The Saints scored twice in the opening eight minutes and built a 4-0 halftime lead in a dominating victory over the seventh-ranked Seahawks (0-1). St. Mary's (1-0) held a 20-10 edge in shots in the first game of the tripleheader.
Senior forwards Bibi Anderson and Mary Key each had a goal and an assist, junior defender Jennifer Dunbar had two assists, and senior midfielder Alison Pancotti and sophomore forward Tricia Richardson each scored a goal.
The win was not all good for the Saints, however. Starting defender Meghan Ryan, a four-year starter, injured her left knee in the 45th minute and was taken to the hospital. In a best-case scenario, she will be out at least several weeks, and she may be out for the season.
"It's a big-time loss," Tobin said. "That's one of our stalwart defenders. I said earlier our depth would be tested this year, and now it will be more tested."
River Hill 7, Broadneck 1: In the tournament's second game, the second-ranked Hawks began their chase for a fourth straight state title with an easy victory. The Hawks (1-0) outshot the Bruins (0-1) 19-7 and scored goals in the 13th, 15th and 17th minutes in the first half to take a 3-0 lead
Junior forward Jackie Stromberg scored two goals, junior midfielder Robyn Bishop had a goal and an assist and senior midfielder Megan Buescher added three assists to pace River Hill. All three of Buescher's assists came on long throw-ins that she heaved into the Bruins' penalty box.
"I've been doing that for a long time, but this is the first time we really ever finished on them," Buescher said. "I was really surprised we got three goals off of it today."
Junior forward Allie Johnson scored the only goal for Broadneck.