The No. 1 McDonogh girls soccer team rattled off 10 straight wins to open the season — most of them coming by a comfortable margin.
But on Wednesday, against No. 3 Archbishop Spalding, the two-time defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champion, the Eagles found their match.
The visiting Cavaliers were able to match the Eagles' quick pace and high intensity for 100 minutes of soccer as the teams earned a 1-1 overtime tie.
The Eagles (10-0-1) are now 7-0-1 in the conference, while the Cavaliers (11-3-2) move to 5-0-2 in the league.
"These are the kind of games you can't sleep at night, you have butterflies in your stomach all day," McDonogh forward Ashley Spivey said. "It was tough. But I thought we pulled through it, and they did a great job, as did we. It was two very evenlymatched teams. I thought we outplayed them in the overtime and I thought we were going to pop one, but we didn't. [A tie] is better than a loss, so I'm really proud of my team and how we held up."
The Cavaliers started fast and opened the scoring when All-Metro senior forward Maggie Morrison finished off a chance with her left foot from 14 yards out in the 19th minute. The Eagles answer came with under one minute left in the first half when junior forward Taylor Cummings buried a chance from the top of the penalty area.
With the momentum on their side, the Eagles had the better of the play for most of the second half, but the Cavaliers' defense stayed composed and marked well throughout. In the second 10-minute overtime period, Spalding senior goalie Jocelyn McCoy made the biggest of her five saves when she dived to her left to turn back a chance from McDonogh freshman Casey Martinez. Spivey had another chance in the final minutes go wide.
"I think when you can come up and play a quality game like that — both teams really want it — and you're coming in as visitors and get a tie — you come away at least knowing you put forth a good effort," Spalding coach Bob Dieterle said.