On the strength of a nine game unbeaten streak, entering the week, Mercy had risen to No. 2 in the VSN Girls Soccer Poll. The Magic, however, has gone 0-1-2 in its last three games, including a 1-1 tie with No. 3 Archbishop Spalding, Wednesday, to remain stranded in fourth place in the treacherous IAAM A Conference.
In an evenly played contest on Mercy’s cozy pitch, the host Magic (11-2-3, 4-1-2) claimed an early 1-0 lead when freshman Anna Borkowski stroked a 20-yard shot into the left corner.
Spalding evened things in the second half when Vickie Connor launched a long shot from near midfield which entered the box and trickled into the net.
Despite a couple of chances for each team down the stretch and through a pair of overtimes, both sides came up empty in their attempts to score a game winner.
Spalding outshot Mercy, 11-5. Jocelyn McCoy stopped four shots for the Cavaliers, while Rachel Bourne made 10 saves for Mercy.
Spalding (12-3-3 overall) remains unbeaten in the conference at 5-0-3. The Cavaliers are in second place behind No. 1 McDonogh (8-0-1). McDonogh’s lone blemish was a tie with Spalding last Wednesday.
John Carroll holds third place with a 5-1-2 record.
|No. 2 Mercy 1, No. 3 Archbishop Spalding 1, 2 OT|
AS-McCoy 4; M-Bourne 10.