Catonsville, Essex to meet for third place in JuCo tournament

November 21, 1992|By Red Birch | Red Birch,Contributing Writer

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Catonsville and Essex community colleges each suffered frustrating losses yesterday, setting up a meeting today between the teams for third place in the National Junior College Athletic Association women's soccer tournament.

Essex was beaten by Meramec of St. Louis, 2-0, and Catonsville was shut down by Monroe, 1-0. Today's game -- to be held at 11 a.m. at Mercer County Community College -- is the fourth meeting this season for the Knights and the Cardinals.

Yesterday, Essex was blanked for the first time this season by undefeated defending champion St. Louis CC at Meramec.

Meramec jumped in front 1:52 into the game as Jenni Burton kicked Kim Winterer's crossing pass behind Knights goalkeeper Susana Blanco. Amy Champaign added an unassisted insurance goal at 12:15 but, unlike Thursday, when Essex rebounded from a two-goal deficit to eventually beat Mercer in a shootout, the Knights could not rebound.

"We played with no intensity, and couldn't spring back from a 2-0 hole," said Essex coach Scott Wittman. "[Meramec] is not the kind of team you can fall behind by two."

Meramec's defense limited the Knights to just three shots. Essex's best chance at spoiling the shutout came with 6:08 left in the first half when Denice Carter came up with a rebound in front of the Warriors' goal only to rip the shot high over the crossbar.

Blanco saved the game from becoming a blowout as she made a diving stop on a penalty kick by Champaign at 35:49.

The Knights also had a little luck when Burton ripped a shot off the crossbar with 19 minutes left in the game, and Champaign's follow-up header went just wide of the right post.

Catonsville had a similar shot problem against Monroe. Though the Cardinals spent a good deal of the game in Monroe's end, they could manage only five shots.

"I know this is tough to swallow," Cardinals coach Tom Taylor told his players after the loss. "I thought we had real good chances, but getting mad about it ain't gonna change the score."

Instead, Monroe's defense made Karmin Shillaci's goal with 8:16 left in the first half stand up. She collided with Catonsville keeper Mickey Burns, and the ball trickled in.

"I'd be proud to finish third, and I think our girls should be, too," Wittman said, knowing that Essex has defeated Catonsville in each of their three meetings this season, though two of the losses were by one goal.

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