John Carroll shuts down McDonogh Patriots stifle Schwoy in taking 2-0 victory

November 07, 1995|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Forget that John Carroll had lost its two previous meetings with McDonogh by a combined score of 11-3. Never mind that the Patriots hadn't beaten the Eagles since George Bush left office.

Last night at Patterson Park's Utz Field, coach Joe Rehrmann's inspired team took the field with the only thing that could have made a difference against the four-time Catholic League champions.

A little confidence.

Forward Katie Tiburzi scored a pair of first-half goals and John Carroll's aggressive defense took care of the rest, as the 12th-ranked Patriots stunned No. 2 McDonogh, 2-0, to advance to their first Catholic League Tournament final since 1992.

"We just wanted it more," said Tiburzi. "We've worked hard all season and struggled, but this is what we've been working for."

The fourth-seeded Patriots (10-4-3) -- unbeaten in their last eight games -- will face Catholic today at 5:15 in Patterson Park for a chance at their first championship since 1990.

And they made it there with defense. Though McDonogh took 21 shots, the majority came under great duress and either sailed over the goal or right to the waiting arms of goalie Paige Lozoskie (12 saves).

It was a rough night for All-Metro striker Laurie Schwoy. Marked by Trisha Taylor and Kelly Wilson, the Sun's 1994 Player of the Year was forced to take the bulk of her shots off direct kicks.

"We wanted to keep up our defense and stay in [Schwoy's] face all the time," said Patriots halfback Amy Goetzinger. "She couldn't get the shots off if we were in her face."

Tiburzi, however, got off all the shots that John Carroll would need.

She gave her team a 1-0 lead 9:57 into the game, taking a pass near midfield, racing toward the goal and beating keeper Laura Fawley to her left. Then, about 3 minutes before halftime, she again scored, this time off a pass from Britney Whitehurst.

Playing with a two-goal lead, the confident Patriots wouldn't be stopped.

"I think we lost to a revenge-minded, inspired John Carroll team," said McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan Jr., whose Eagles (17-3-2) had defeated the Patriots 11 straight times. "Give them their do. I thought they played a great game. They're a counter-attacking team, and that's how they got two goals on us."

"We took it to them the whole game, but in the Catholic League the best team doesn't always prevail," said Schwoy. "Everything bad that could've happened happenned today."

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