St. Mary's breaks hex, takes title Girls soccer

November 12, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

It was a day of firsts for St. Mary's girls soccer team.

The Saints (10-3-3) traveled to John Carroll, where they had never had a victory, in pursuit of a tournament Girls soccer

title that had escaped them in three prior attempts.

Despite having the odds stacked against them, the Saints defeated the Patriots of Harford County, 3-1, yesterday to capture the Catholic League tournament crown.

"We lined up all the negatives and thought we'd get rid of them all at once," St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin said jokingly. "I like to treat each year as a new team, and I don't let that baggage carry on too much, but for some of the ones who have been around for four years, it's kind of been hanging on them a little bit."

St. Mary's only two four-year members -- seniors Mo McDonough and Melissa Holmes -- provided all the scoring for the Saints.

McDonough scored two goals and assisted Holmes on a third that came just 4:38 into the second half.

McDonough got the Saints on the board in the game's eighth minute, when she fielded a follow-up shot by Holmes and -- with her back to the net -- kicked the ball up and over her right shoulder and off the right post where it slammed in for the score.

The Saints, who advanced to the final by defeating Catholic League regular season champion McDonough, 2-1, in last Tuesday's semifinal, took a 2-0 lead with 17:25 left in the first half when McDonough followed up her own shot that had bounced off the chest of John Carroll keeper Amanda Sappington (five saves).

John Carroll (9-2-3) got on the scoreboard and back into the ballgame 90 seconds into the second half when Catholic League Player of the Year Amity Torbit fed senior left wing Katie Nietubicz, who booted it past keeper Erin Hon (five saves).

The Patriots' hopes for a come-from-behind victory were short-lived, however, as the Saints answered three minutes later to return the margin to two.

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