Strong second half lifts IND to title, 2-1 Girls soccer

November 11, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Against Mount de Sales, in last night's Catholic League girls soccer championship, the Institute of Notre Dame hoped to do what it has done to its B Division rivals all season -- dominate.

But that didn't happen.

The top-seeded Indians (13-2-1, 12-0 in the league) had beaten the third-seeded Sailors (9-5) by a combined 5-0 in two regular-season Girls soccer

games, but had to settle for a 2-1 victory in the inaugural tournament at Patterson Park.

That's because the Sailors, who boast just five seniors on a 20-player roster, came in fired up after Friday's 2-1 upset victory over second-seeded Seton Keough.

And they refused to wilt, even though the Indians built a 10-0 advantage in shots during the game's first 15 minutes -- including Rachel Miller's goal off an assist from Carrie Lorenz that put IND ahead.

Five minutes later, Sailors senior Chrissy Tirocchi crossed a short pass that glanced off an Indians defender in front of the goal mouth. Sophomore Katy Santry was there to kick home her 19th goal of the season past keeper Becky Gephardt.

"She just tapped it in," said Gephardt, a 6-foot-1 junior who yielded only her fifth league goal against 10 shutouts. "I should have had that one."

The game remained tied through halftime. Sophomore defender Stephanie McLaughlin, responding to a boisterous group of Sailors' fans, raised her right index finger as if her team were going to win.

"We were confident going into the second half," said Santry. "We thought we had them at that point."

But as the Indians have done all season, they raised their play to a higher level. IND took control behind senior midfielder Kristen Lewandowski (five goals, six assists) -- voted the league's Player of the Year -- and fellow first-team All-League players Gephardt, senior Lorenz (eight goals, 15 assists) and sophomore sweeper Shannon Skopp.

IND, which outshot the Sailors, 18-4, for the game, produced its second goal with 16 minutes gone in the second half.

Lewandowski, standing to the right of keeper Audrey Powers (10 saves), pushed a slow roller across the face of the goal. Powers came up with some big saves in the first half, but failed to grab the ball -- which reached Kim Kelly on the other side.

Kelly scored easily into the opposite corner.

From there, the Indians' defense of Skopp, freshman Tina Schofield and senior Jenny Juskalski closed the door.

"I thought we had a chance after the way we came back in the first half," said Sailors coach Maria Kurek, whose team had a 7-0 first- round victory over Towson Catholic in the tournament.

"But I'm happy with the way we played. We came off a big win against Seton Keough and played our best game of the season tonight."

IND has played well since its season-opening game against eighth-ranked McDonogh of the Catholic League A Division, when the Indians had a 1-0 halftime lead before losing, 2-1.

"We feel we've been very competitive against some good teams, even though we didn't win," said IND coach Henry Behr. "We have a good junior varsity team, with some good freshmen filtering in."

Two of those freshmen, strikers Miller (10 goals, five assists) and Kelly (19 goals), have contributed heavily, as has senior striker Angie Novak (eight, four).

"We won our division this year and last year, but this [tournament] was special for me as a senior," said Lorenz. "We showed against McDonogh that we had a good team this year, and people should give us the respect we deserve."

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