John Carroll's girls soccer team surged past St. Mary's, after trailing 1-0 at halftime, to win the Catholic League Tournament championship, 5-1, at Patterson Park's Twardowicz field last night.
John Carroll also beat St. Mary's for the championship last year, 2-1. The year before St. Mary's lost to Catholic, 2-1.
This year, after one half of play, during which they scored the critical first goal, it looked as if the Saints finally might earn that elusive victory.
Their scoring play developed when Randall Goldsborough intercepted a pass at midfield. The ball was crossed, and teammate Moe McDonough punched it in for her 24th goal of the season.
But a missed penalty kick that caromed off the upper right goal post came back to haunt the Saints. That goal would have put them up by two.
"Shortly after that, we gained control," said John Carroll coach Joe Rehrmann. "We can play top speed under control. . . . We like playing on a large field where we can pass the ball around.
"We started to establish momentum during the end of the first half, and it carried over to the second half."
With 3 minutes, 17 seconds elapsed in the second half, Katie Nietubicz booted in the Patriots' tying goal when St. Mary's goalie Jenet Tadle mishandled a shot.
Then a rash of goals broke out. Amy Dean scored the go-ahead goal off of a cross from Amity Torbit, who hit the Patriots' third goal when she beat a defender on the right side of the goal and punched a shot into the left.