Her girls lacrosse squad held a 7-5 halftime lead over home-standingSt. Mary's, but Southern coach Linda Kilpatrick told her Bulldogs toplay as if the game was scoreless.
"If they score more goals thanwe do in this half," said the sixth-year mentor, "they'll win."
St. Mary's senior Randall Goldsborough (18 goals on the year) almost did the job single-handedly, netting all but one of the Saints' second-half goals and what is believed to be a school-record nine in the contest.
Her tallies knotted the game six times in the second half and gave the Saints' their only leads, 10-9, and 11-10, late in the game.
But Southern (5-0) finally won the game, 13-12, after Kari Sherbert scored her third goal of the day with 1 minute, 15 secondsremaining.
Shortly after Goldsborough misfired her potential 10thgoal into the back of the Southern goal, the Bulldogs cleared the ball to midfield, where Sherbert, a sophomore with 16 goals this season, started her run.
Sherbert clinched the victory by slipping a no-look, underhanded shot beneath the defense of Saints keeper Melissa Reynolds.
"When I got the ball, I was thinking 'go straight to the goal,' " said Sherbert. "But when I got there, I saw the goalie and no place to shoot. I had my head turned away from her when I shot. It wasn't until I looked back that I said 'Wow, it went in.' "
The victory for the Bulldogs, ranked No. 10 in the metro area, helped avenge their last two losses to the Saints by 17-14 and 16-14, respectively, over the last two seasons. Last year's season-opening Saints victory led to a disappointing 4-8 season for the Bulldogs, their first losing season under Kilpatrick.
"I think they underestimated us," said Southern's Talaya Barnett (20 goals), who ranks second to Jennie Young (21 goals) in team scoring.
The Bulldogs kept the Saints' Kirsten Bowman (13 goals) scoreless and held Merri Kennedy (12 goals) tojust a goal and an assist.
"Our defense had been playing well allyear, but I think they got a little nervous with (Goldsborough) today," said Barnett. "But we knew that if maintained our offensive intensity, we could keep it close."
Although they didn't score, the Bulldogs' Rachel Gladwell (12 goals this year) and Liza Bigger (10) created plenty of pressure. It seemed the Saints had too many weapons to contain.
St. Mary's, ranked 11th in the metro area, suffered its second straight one-goal loss.
The Saints (3-3) got four goals and an assist from Goldsborough in Wednesday's 11-10 loss to No. 3 Mount Hebron, last year's Class 2A-1A state tournament runner-up.