A couple of lessons were learned when John Carroll freshman midfielder Erica Bodt scored with 20 seconds left in regulation at Archbishop Spalding, enabling the young Patriots to salvage a 1-1 double-overtime tie in girls soccer yesterday.
For the host and No. 5 Cavaliers, who took the lead on a goal from junior Teresa Doyle early in the second half and protected the lead brilliantly until Bodt's late heroics, it was a matter of never letting your guard down for a second.
For the No. 9 Patriots, who were coming off a 4-0 loss to No. 1 McDonogh, it was all about resilience.
"They didn't quit. Hopefully we'll learn from it. We knew coming into the season we didn't have the experience that the other stronger teams have, so it's a matter of getting the kids confident that they can hang with teams," said John Carroll coach Gary Lynch, whose Patriots (4-2-2) went to 3-1-2 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.
Archbishop Spalding (9-1-3) went to 4-0-2 in the conference, playing in its sixth overtime game.
Doyle gave the Cavaliers the 1-0 lead on an own goal headed home by a John Carroll defender just five minutes into the second half.
The home team continued to pressure throughout the half but couldn't get the needed insurance goal.
Bodt made them pay, taking a short pass from Mel Lookingland and blasting a left-footed shot from 16 yards for the equalizer.
The Patriots, energized by the tying goal, dominated most of the 20 minutes of overtime but couldn't finish off any scoring chances.
Loyola 1, No. 6 Mount St. Joseph 0: : Jimmy Diesel scored the game-winner with 30 seconds left to lift the Dons (2-4-2) over the Gaels. Dave Phillips crossed the ball to Diesel, who headed it into the goal.