Eagles open their IAAM playoff push with an 8-0 win over Glenelg Country; Spalding, Mercy and NDP also advance to semifinals


Top-ranked McDonogh got underway in the IAAM A Conference soccer playoffs, Tuesday, with an impressive 8-0 win over Glenelg Country, in the quarterfinal round of the league tournament.

Eight different players scored for McDonogh, while Glenelg Country goalkeeper Brianna Chun saved eight other shots.

Putting the ball in the net for the Eagles were Kelsey Smith, Baylee DeSmit, Julia Dorsey, Lilly McCarthy, Kalli Wethern, Ryann Yospa, Olivia Ozbolt and Caitlin Hoffman.

McDonogh now advances to Thursday’s semifinals where they host No. 10 Mercy, which advanced with a 2-1 win over No. 14 St. Paul’s School for Girls.

Second-seeded and second-ranked Archbishop Spalding was nearly as dominating as McDonogh, winning its quarterfinal game, 7-0 over Gerstell Academy.

The Cavaliers, however, did not spread out their scoring as well, as Fit Iluyomade proved virtually unstoppable, scoring five her team’s goals. Faith Sadeghian and Sandy Gardner also scored.

Gardner also had an assist, as did Jessica Zimmerman, Lauren Korsnick, Olivia Burkowski and Zoe Lake, while Abby Hanks had a pair of helpers.

The Cavalier will now play fifth-ranked and third-seeded Notre Dame Prep which eliminated John Carroll with 2-0 victory.