Slow-starting Mount de Sales downs Garrison Forest, 8-6

April 16, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

The first eight minutes told the whole story.

Garrison Forest took six shots at No. 3 Mount de Sales before the Sailors even got the ball to their end of the field. But the shooters could not find the net.

Once the Sailors took off on attack, they made their shots count, scoring on their first two and forcing the Grizzlies to play catch-up the rest of the game.

Garrison Forest never did catch up as the Sailors (12-0 overall, 3-0 league) took an 8-6 victory yesterday in a clash of unbeaten teams in the West Division of the Association of Independent Schools.

"If we had had a good shooting day, we could have been up 3-0 easily -- we should have been," said Grizzlies coach Karen Mallonee. "Most of those shots were relatively unpressured shots."

Sailors keeper Audrey Powers, who finished with 12 saves, came up with three in the early rally, including one on Lauren Klein's free position.

The Grizzlies (2-2-1, 2-1) had plenty more chances to score as they outshot the Sailors, 24-20.

"I think we were really lucky," said midfielder Lisa Banbury, who led the Sailors with four goals. "It was scary because there were so many opportunities for them to score. They took good shots and they had the angle."

After the Sailors held off Garrison's early threat, they struck on their first offensive drive. "When that happens it kind of takes the wind out of your sails," said Mallonee.

Amy Buck fed Katie O'Connell for the first goal. Then, Banbury put the Sailors up 2-0 with a hard-working effort to cut through the double-teaming defense and bounce the ball past Grizzlies keeper Chrissy Cooper (four saves).

The Grizzlies finally got on the board with their ninth shot. Missy Hopkins scored the first of three free-position goals for her team.

But Paige Regan answered on her own free position at the other end and Buck added another goal to pull the Sailors ahead 4-1.

With 1:02 left in the half, Klein scored on another free position to pull the Grizzlies within two. After that, all Garrison Forest could do was answer each Sailors goal.

Banbury kept the Grizzlies from grabbing any momentum in the second half by scoring the first goal running off the draw. The speedy center took just 16 seconds to give Mount de Sales a 5-2 lead.

Buck scored a goal and Banbury two more in the half. For the Grizzlies, Klein, Hopkins, Vanessa Vercollone and Maggie Reed scored goals and Maggie Shoemaker had an assist.

While the attack struggled to finish, the Grizzlies defense played well, double-teaming the ball and getting sticks on a lot of the Sailors' shots.

"We're very happy," said Grizzlies defender Tina Schroeter. "We held them down to eight goals, and one of our main goals for any team is to hold them under 10. We just have to work on the attack and we'll be OK."

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