Loch Raven puts aside Mercy, 2-0

October 12, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Ranked No. 24 in the most recent USA Today Top 25 list, No. 2 in the area and riding a 16-game winning streak, Loch Raven's defending 2A state champion girls soccer team is under increasing pressure.

But you wouldn't know it considering the poise with which the Raiders continue to dismantle their opponents, having outscored them, 45-2.

Yesterday, Loch Raven (8-0) visited No. 10 Mercy, its toughest foe to date, and again the Raiders dominated, hammering an injury-riddled squad by a 25-5 shots-on-goal margin en route to a 2-0 nonleague victory and their sixth shutout.

This against a team that twice has played top-ranked McDonogh, tying it once, 2-2, and losing to it last Friday, 2-0.

"Our kids are showing a lot of confidence, knowing they can control the ball," said Raiders coach Lou Menegatti, last year's All-Metro Coach of the Year.

Friday, the Raiders will play host to 1A-2A Baltimore County League rival Catonsville (6-0).

"They had a 1-0 lead on us in last year's regional semifinals, but we won, 4-1," said Menegatti. "We know if we fall or make one tiny mistake, the other team can score and win."

But yesterday was yet another game in which the Raiders (7-3-2) had their way as junior striker Courtney Martinez (nine goals, four assists) capitalized on two defensive miscues by Mercy sweeper Krista Graf.

The first score came just five minutes into the game on a 14-yard, left-footed shot. Martinez stole the ball from a dribbling Graf, got behind her, then slipped an arcing ball just under the crossbar over keeper Lisa Olszewski's head.

And when Graf mis-kicked a long ball from midfield six minutes into the second half, Martinez pounced on it again. This time, she drew keeper Jennifer Bailey (four saves) out of the goal before beating her with a kick into the net's lower-right corner.

"Our scouting report said to watch for their defenders passing the ball back and forth before booting it," said Martinez, who is the daughter of Tippy Martinez, the former Baltimore Orioles pitcher.

"Robyn Harry and I just waited for their mis-kicks, and that's when I took my opportunity."

For Mercy, whose defense missed injured starting fullback Melissa Davidson, Mary Lee Pearl hit a post in the first half and Tina Steck (13 goals, two assists) just missed putting a ball inside the far post.

And during a late collision with a Raiders player, Pearl injured her right knee, possibly joining Davidson and top scorer Heather Miskiewicz (strep throat) on the sidelines.

"I'm proud of the way the girls played, but we can't keep going like this," said Mercy coach Bob Doerfler. "We may need players up from the junior varsity."

Against Mercy's sagging backfield, the Raiders' offense, with a boost from midfielder Bridget Harthausen, often was inches short of making a rout of the game.

Carrie Winkler's early, short blast had enough momentum to nearly drift in even after being blocked by Olszewski. Later, Kim Allen, one of only three Loch Raven seniors, knocked one over the goal.

And in the second half, Harry's 30-yarder and Nicole Froman's 15-yarder each flew over the goal.

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