Yesterday was All Saints Day, and St. Mary's girls soccer team definitely celebrated it in style.
The Saints blanked Catonsville's Mount de Sales, 7-0, in the quarterfinals of the Baltimore Catholic League tournament.
Behind junior midfielder Randall Goldsborough (three goals), senior defender Laura Coakley (two) and Kathy Green and Liz McGonagle (each with a goal), the Saints won their seventh straight game with as many shutouts in their quest for their first Catholic League tournament title.
The Saints (14-2) scored five second-half goals and had a 25-3 advantage in shots and 9-1 edge in corners for the game.
"They want to get back to the championship game. They thought they should have won it last year," said St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin, whose squad lost last year's tournament championship to John Carroll, 2-1, after winning the regular-season title.
No. 2-seed St. Mary's tied top-seed John Carroll (10-2-3) of Harford County for this year's A Division title.
In a semifinal game Monday, the Saints will meet Mercy, a 5-4 winner over McDonogh yesterday. John Carroll, which defeated Seton Keough, 2-0, will play the winner of B Division champion Institute of Notre Dame/Catholic.
"Since our loss to McDonogh during the regular season, the team has been very focused," said Tobin. "Today, we were winning 95 percent of the balls, and we played with good pressure throughout the game."
It became apparent in the first half that the Sailors (9-5-1) were sunk as its offense, which recorded just three shots for the game, ran into a defensive brick wall and the Saints created seam after seam.
In the first half, the Sailors were out-shot, 16-2. The Saints, who took a 2-0 halftime lead, had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks and forced opposing keeper Gina Tirrochi to make 10 of her 16 saves.
The Sailors' only second-half chance was a good one. It came on a direct kick from the team's second-highest scorer, Kerry Coleman (five goals), but the on-goal shot was cleared off the goal line by St. Mary's defender Heather Greenlee.
"After the first half, we felt we were still in it only trailing 2-0," said Sailors coach Jim Coleman, Kerry's father, whose team starts just three seniors and finished third in the B Division. "But they've got some powerful players and they're a quality-coached team."
Because of the All Saints holiday, St. Mary's students did not have to attend classes.
So several St. Mary's soccer players participated in an afternoon seniors against juniors powder puff football game that was so competitive that senior Virginia Frisch -- the Saints' starting goalkeeper -- suffered a head laceration that required 22 stitches.
Junior Janet Tadle started in goal for the Saints and only had to touch the ball three times. Frisch, who came to the game wearing a white bandage around her forehead, is expected to play in at least one of the next two games.
Using her height advantage, the 6-foot Coakley took a corner kick from Liz McGonagle 18 minutes into the game and headed it home for the Saints' 1-0 lead.
Coakley, who also scored the Saints' sixth goal with 12 minutes left in the game, missed a similar opportunity late in the second half.
"I get a lot of opportunities with Liz and Randall kicking the corners," said Coakley, who has four goals and four assists from her defensive post.
"If I had to choose, I'd rather score off of a header."
Goldsborough scored the Saints' second, third and fourth goals.
Standing even with the left post, Goldsborough took a cross from sophomore leading scorer Mo McDonough (20 goals, seven assists) and placed it into the goal's lower left side to Tirrochi's right to give the Saints a 2-0 lead 25 minutes into the game.
In the second half, Goldsborough took a lob from the midfield at about the 18-yard line and beat Sailor defender Laura Milani and Tirrochi with a slow, rolling shot.
"I saw Mo out on the wing and I was thinking pass," said Goldsborough.
"But then I saw the goalie come out and I got anxious. I figured I'd just try to put it in."
Bridget Smith's header off a throw-in from Melissa Holmes was already en route to the goal's near left corner when Goldsborough centered it into the back of the net with her right foot for a 4-0 lead.
"I was still energized from the powder puff football," said Goldsborough, who raised her season scoring total to nine goals and eight assists. "Today, I was just in the right places at the right time."