The McDonogh School girls’ soccer invitational brought together some of the Mid-Atlantic region’s finest teams. When the dust settled late Saturday afternoon, it was the host and No. 2 Eagles hoisting the championship trophy. The Eagles defeated Bishop O’Connell (VA), 3-2, in the finals in overtime.
Taylor Cummings headed in a cross from Jordan Pearson less than three minutes into the extra session for the game’s winner. McDonogh (4-0 overall) reached the title game, thanks to victories over Paul VI (VA), 5-0, on Friday and a 3-0 victory over Washington Catholic Athletic Conference power St. John’s (D.C.) in a semifinal Saturday morning.
There was hope that the area’s top two squads would match up with McDonogh and No. 1 Archbishop Spalding. The Cavaliers dropped a 2-0 decision to St. John’s (D.C.) in Friday’s opening round, but the Severn school was able to advance to the semifinal round as a wildcard. O’Connell, ranked 31st nationally by ESPN Rise, ousted the Cavaliers in penalty kicks Saturday morning.
Spalding rebounded with a 5-1 victory over Paul VI in the consolation round. Senior Maggie Morrison scored twice for the Cavaliers (3-2-1).