Archbishop Spalding sophomore Carrie Lysett likely will have a sore left knee and a bruise below her left eye at her homecoming dance Friday night.
But she doesn't mind.
In fact she just considered the twisted left knee injury and the kick to the head part of the game following the Cavaliers' 2-1 loss to defending Catholic League champion John Carroll yesterday at Spalding.
"We've been told to be aggressive, so we can handle a physical game," said Lysett, who scored her second goal of the season unassisted to tie the game, 1-1, in the first half. She leads the Cavaliers in assists with three. "The only thing about getting hurt is that I think I could have done more; the game was so close."
Indeed. Much closer than even Spalding coach Wayne Sanchez or John Carroll coach Joe Rehrman had expected, although neither would readily admit it afterward.
John Carroll (5-1-1, 5-0-1) won its third tournament title last year after finishing as the league runner-up to St. Mary's.
The Patriots have beaten Catholic, 1-0, and St. Mary's, 3-1 -- two teams that defeated the Cavaliers (3-6, 2-5). The Patriots tied Mercy High, 1-1, while the Cavaliers were coming off Monday's 8-0 loss to Mercy.
Even though John Carroll sophomore Amity Torbit (four goals on the season) ended matters with her second goal of the game, 18 minutes into the second half, Sanchez considered the performance of his Cavaliers squad a moral victory.
"It's a neat feeling to lose and still feel good about the outcome," said Sanchez, who took the post after serving as an assistant with the two-time defending Class 4A state champion Severna Park Falcons.
Spalding will need similar momentum when it plays host to St. Mary's Friday.
St. Mary's, the defending regular season champion (7-1, 5-1), got a goal each from the county's scoring leader Mo McDonough (12 goals, four assists), Randall Goldsborough, and Liz McGonagle to beat Mercy (9-2-5, 3-2-2) yesterday.
The Cavaliers start just two seniors -- goalie Nikki Dunlevy and midfielder Kalene Cummings (two goals). The rest of the starting line-up consists of four sophomores, three juniors and two freshmen.
Freshman Rachel Synowski (three goals) leads in scoring.
John Carroll led in every category statistically, with an advantage in shots (15-8) and corner kicks (9-2), but Dunlevy recorded 14 saves to thwart the accurate-shooting Patriots.
The Cavaliers' defense by juniors Amy Councilman, Marie Jamison and Jen Davis effectively shut down John Carroll's scoring leaders Julia Malinowski (five goals) and Carrie Stallings (four).
That's an impressive feat, considering Malinowski scored 20 goals last season and Stallings had 17.
"I wasn't pleased with the way our team played today," said Malinowski, an All-Metro, All-County and All-League player last season who is also a candidate for the under-19 women's national team. "We're a passing team and we didn't use the width of the field like we should have today."
The only part of the game that didn't please Sanchez was Torbit's game-winning goal, which he thought should have been disallowed.
"I don't want to be sour grapes about it," said Sanchez. "but I thought it should have been called back because the ball touched her hand when it was out at her side."