Sonberg powers Old Mill to 3-0 win

October 05, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

For Old Mill soccer coach Bruce Sponsler, explaining the Patriots' newfound offensive success is as easy as ABC.

First there's "BC" -- or before junior Carina Sonberg's switch from stopper to striker, a period that saw the punchless Patriots score just five goals in five games. After Carina's switch, or "AC" -- seven in the last two.

For visiting Chesapeake last night, those letters spelled disaster.

Sonberg scored a goal in each half, helping the 12th-ranked Patriots completely dominate the Cougars en route to a 3-0 win in an Anne Arundel 4A League game.

"Since we moved her to the front line it's been night and day," said Sponsler, who gave as much credit to new stopper Denise King for controlling the midfield and creating numerous scoring opportunities since the switch.

Both played large roles last night in helping Old Mill outshoot the Cougars, 16-2. Chesapeake (3-3-1 overall, 3-3 in the league), which was coming off an emotional 3-2 overtime win over Broadneck Monday night -- in which they scored the tying goal with 13 seconds left -- looked tired and sluggish.

Add to that the Patriots' burning desire to avenge two 3-0 defeats at the hands of Chesapeake a season ago -- including one in the Class 3A-4A regional finals -- and Old Mill (5-2, 2-2) had all the incentive it needed.

"We just wanted to come out and show them that we could still win even though they beat us twice last year," said Sonberg, who has scored three goals in her two games on the front line. "We played awesome tonight."

Old Mill dominated the first 40 minutes, outshooting Chesapeake, 10-0, and taking a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes.

Sonberg gave the host team a 1-0 lead 4:10 into the game, taking a pass from Alicia Curran 10 yards out and beating Cougars goalie Sandra Norris to her right.

The Patriots extended the lead to 2-0 five minutes later, when Jen Mazzola picked up a rebound in front of the goal, and with Norris out of the play, put it past a Chesapeake defender 9:10 into the half.

Later, Sonberg finished off thescoring, tallying her second goal of the game on a breakaway with 11:35 left to make it 3-0.

Chesapeake coach Lin Sullivan, whose team made it to the state semifinals last season before losing to eventual state champion Dulaney, said that injuries and illnesses took their toll on his undermanned team.

"[Old Mill] played very well, but they were able to keep a fresh team on the field and we weren't," said Sullivan. "I was very happy with the way the girls played, but we couldn't give anybody a rest."

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