Seton Keough captures B title

November 08, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

For Seton Keough midfielder Amy Fronckoski, the developments early in the first half of yesterday's Catholic League B Division title game came as a pleasant surprise.

After kicking a direct kick from about 25 yards out 12 minutes, 47 seconds into the game, the senior turned around and prepared to run back downfield in anticipation of the goalie's kick.

Only moments later did she realize that she actually had scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the Gators' 1-0 win over Severn at Patterson Park's Utz Field.

"When I looked, I thought it went over the goal," said Fronckoski, whose high-angling kick landed just over the outstretched fingers of Admirals goalie Cara Lawson and into the net.

"I wanted to go high because I didn't think their keeper could get to it. But I didn't know it actually went in."

The victory gave Seton Keough (10-3-2) its first tournament championship since Seton and Archbishop Keough merged to form the school in 1988.

"That makes it even more special for us," said Gators first-year coach Steve Noweck, whose team recently beat out Severn to win the regular-season title. "It feels great to win it."

The key for the Gators was defense, especially the kind exhibited by Summer Markert and Laura Kiefer in shutting down Admirals leading scorer Monique Jennings.

Marking the forward in 10-minute shifts, the duo played hounding defense the entire way and were two of the main VTC reasons why Seton Keough outshot Severn, 13-8.

Defender Kathy Dunaway said the Gators' ability to pick up their level of play after a sluggish first half was a key to the win.

"I think we just got more aggressive," said Dunaway. "We started playing like it was 0-0. Before when we played them, they scored a goal in the final minute to tie the game [in a 2-2 tie Oct. 7], so we knew we couldn't let down."

The defending tournament champions got off just three shots in the second half, and had their best shot at a goal -- a close-range shot by Jennings with under 10 minutes left -- snuffed out by keeper Melanie Morris' diving save.

Severn (10-6-2) missed a number of scoring opportunities, and could have tied the game at several points.

The Admirals' hustling effort that helped create those chances didn't go without notice.

"I was really happy with the way we played," said Severn coach Tom Ehart. "We had a lot of opportunities, but we couldn't put them away. If you're going to lose, though, you want to lose playing your best."

Ehart, whose team also lost its previous meeting with the Gators -- 2-0 in late October, said he was pleased by the overall direction of his team.

After starting the year 0-3-1, the Admirals came on to go 10-2-1 in their 13 games prior to yesterday.

"I'm happy with the way we progressed," said Ehart. "They showed a lot out there today."

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