Georgetown Visitation 0,
National Cathedral 0
Georgetown Visitation midfielder Mary Veith had the game-winning shot lined up with less than four minutes to play in overtime yesterday.
National Cathedral's goalkeeper was beaten and the shot was on target. The one thing that Veith couldn't have seen was Eagles defender Eleanor Worthy ready to protect the line -- and then sprawling to deflect the ball with her stick and make sure the game between Georgetown Visitation and No. 9 National Cathedral finished a 0-0 tie.
"I don't even know what came over me," Worthy said. "You just put everything out there on the line and you just leave it there."
Worthy was on the field in the Independent School League tournament semifinals last season, when Georgetown Visitation broke the Eagles' hearts with a 2-1 win in overtime.
"Last year, it was a similar situation," Worthy said. "They got by me that time, and I wasn't ever going to let that happen again."
Yesterday, Veith used her stick-work to push the ball into open space on her right, then stepped into a shot, which streaked toward the back of the cage. Worthy, who was hugging close to the near post, deflected the shot clear, turning away the best scoring chance of overtime.
"She was probably having flashbacks," National Cathedral Coach Jane DeGrenier said of Worthy. "You can't ask for anything else than a player falling down and making a save."
The tie with the Eagles (7-1-1) was an important one for Georgetown Visitation, which played a similar game this season with No. 7 Holton-Arms -- except the Cubs (6-2-1) surrendered a goal late in regulation in that one, accounting for their only league loss.
Both teams struggled getting the ball to players in scoring positions at times, and neither team was able to take advantage of penalty corners. The Eagles had two penalty corners in overtime -- including one with an expired clock -- but couldn't get a shot away either time.
Georgetown Visitation, which won five penalty corners, had trouble controlling long passes behind Worthy and the National Cathedral defense until the field opened up in overtime.