Liz Carroll scored two goals and All-Met Mick Imgram had one goal and an assist as the top-ranked O'Connell girls' soccer team defeated No. 5 Urbana, 3-1, in yesterday in the first round of the McDonogh Invitational in Baltimore.
Urbana's defense slowed O'Connell (2-1) in the first half and the Hawks trailed the Knights 1-0 at halftime. But O'Connell gained momentum in the second half, thanks in part to the play of midfielder Kerry Philbin and defenders Melissa Toulouse and Jeanne Neal. The Knights scored their second goal five minutes into the second half, but Jennifer Ruhe scored for Urbana (0-1) five minutes later. The final O'Connell goal came two minutes after Urbana's score.
O'Connell finished the game with 16 shots, to Urbana's five.
"I thought the game was a little slow for our nature," O'Connell Coach Alberto Starace said. "We tried to speed things up in the second half, and I think we accomplished that." . . .
Sophomore outside midfielder Kay Knepp scored the deciding goal in the 60th minute as host St. Mary's-Annapolis rallied for a 2-1 victory over St. Mary's Ryken. The Saints (2-1-1) scored both goals on penalty kicks awarded for handballs in the penalty area, with Megan Lundblad tying the score, 1-1 in the 50th minute.
It was St. Mary's Ryken's season-opening match. . . .
Senior Molly Weir scored two goals to lead Holy Cross to a 2-1 victory over Elizabeth Seton in its season opener in Bladensburg. Weir, a 2003 All-Met honorable mention striker, scored both goals unassisted, the first coming 30 minutes into the first half and the second five minutes into the second half. Senior defender Kelly McGregor helped keep Seton scoreless until 10 minutes remained in the game.
Freshman Darnell Edward and junior A.J. Grant each scored to give the second-ranked DeMatha boys' soccer team a 2-0 victory over No. 5 Gonzaga at Trinity College.
Edwards scored off a through ball from junior Kevin Noble, while Grant scored on a bicycle kick on a corner kick by sophomore Jonathon Werth. DeMatha is now 2-0-1. . . .
St. Mary's-Annapolis senior Justin Schneider led the Saints to a 1-0, opening-round victory over La Plata in the Donn Gregg Classic in Severna Park. Junior Brian White earned the assist on a long throw-in to Schneider in the 23rd minute.
Second-year goalkeeper Mike Grundmeier had five saves for St. Mary's-Annapolis (2-0), which will play host Severna Park tonight at 7:15.
Douglass Taps Bryant
Douglass has hired Lloyd Bryant as its new boys' basketball coach. Bryant, 29, succeeds Taft Hickman, who this summer took a coaching job at Kempsville High in Virginia Beach. Bryant, who teaches social studies at Douglass, grew up in Indianapolis and played point guard at Hampton University. He was the Upper Marlboro school's junior varsity coach the past two seasons.