No scoring punch, Key falls to Catoctin, 3-1

October 20, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham ZTC | Glenn P. Graham ZTC,Sun Staff Writer

The effort was there for the Francis Scott Key Eagles. The goals were not.

The Eagles spent the better part of the second half against visiting Catoctin pressing the issue yesterday afternoon, only to come up on the short end of a 3-1 decision.

The Eagles (3-7-1) looked like an entirely different team in the second half after starting slow and trailing 1-0 to the Cougars (6-5-1) at intermission.

When Kelly Jirout took a short feed from Lisa Turner seven minutes into the second half and went high with a shot from 15 yards to beat Catoctin goalie Dana Bollinger, it appeared the Eagles were on their way.

"I just told the kids to be a little more aggressive and anticipate where the ball would be and they did that," said Key coach Joe Linthicum.

It simply wasn't to be, however.

The Cougars countered with a goal from Angie Warner with 19:49 remaining and Jess McIlrath added a late penalty kick.

In between, the Eagles kept coming at the Catoctin defense with Jirout, Turner, Carri Ryer and Autumn Hinkle all creating solid scoring chances.

Trailing 2-1 with just under 12 minutes left, the Eagles were awarded a penalty kick when a Catoctin player had a hand ball in the box, but Amy Kennedy's shot sailed high over the crossbar.

Moments later, McIlrath made good on her penalty kick after a Catoctin player was dragged down by a Key defender inside the box.

"We put the ball where we needed to, but had problems finishing," Linthicum said.

"In the beginning of the season we were OK, but all of a sudden we're having a hard time putting the ball in the net. We're just going to need to make some adjustments."

Catoctin outplayed Key for most of the first half and finally scored when Caroline Smith finished on a loose ball in close along the right side.

The goal came with 12:51 left in the half.

The Eagles weren't without their share of chances in the half.

Ryer temporarily broke free down the right side in the final minutes of the half, but her shot went wide.

Tanya Stambaugh was all alone in front, but her shot from 15 yards out went over the crossbar just before the halftime whistle blew.

Sweeper Pam Lochner did a solid job defensively for the Eagles, while goalie Lauren Rupp came up with six saves.

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