'A' championship goes to tenacious Catholic over John Carroll, 2-1

November 09, 1995|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A cold, gusty wind blew through Patterson Park last night, but it did more than simply keep the hot chocolate vendor in the black.

For 80 minutes of regulation, wind was a key factor in first helping John Carroll take control of the game, then letting Catholic even the score.

In the early moments of overtime, however, the Cubs -- and junior La Angelini -- finally beat Mother Nature.

Angelini's goal 2:12 into overtime -- against a stiff breeze -- propelled Catholic to a 2-1 win over No. 12 John Carroll in the Catholic League A Division final at chilly Utz Twardowicz Field.

After being dominated in the first half and getting outshot, 12-0, Catholic (11-4-3) completely turned the tide, winning loose balls and keeping the pressure on the Patriots' goal.

"We knew we had to come out in the second half with the wind and knock the ball around, and we would get our chances," said Catholic co-coach Jason Dieter. "They were discouraged at halftime, but I told them that it's a very tough thing playing against the wind."

Trailing, 1-0, after Katie Tiburzi's first-half goal off a direct kick, the Cubs -- who didn't get off a shot until 3:24 into the second half -- tied the game. With 22:05 left in regulation, freshman Becky Bieneman dribbled past two defenders and beat goalie Paige Lozosie to her right to make it 1-1.

Though each team had chances to win in regulation, the game remained deadlocked until 2:12 into overtime, when Angelini took a pass from Angie Byrd, faked out her defender with a quick move to her right and fired in the game- winner from 15 yards out.

"It's the first time I've ever won a game because I never shoot the ball," said Angelini, a defender who scored just her third goal of the season. "It just feels great."

For the Patriots (10-5-3), who were shooting for their first Catholic League title since 1990 and fifth since 1984, the mood was somewhat different.

"It was a pretty even game, and it was just one of those things," said John Carroll coach Joe Rehrmann, who said he was still thrilled with his team's play this season. "The effort was excellent. I couldn't have asked for more."

Dieter said he hopes this is the first of many championships for his sophomore-dominated team.

Said Dieter: "We've still got two more years with most of these kids. We didn't want to win our first one next year or the year after. I wanted them to start right now, and now we have at least two more years to build on this."

* Notre Dame Prep 3, Seton Keough 1: Notre Dame Prep claimed the Catholic League B Division title, capping off an unbeaten season in its first year as a full-time member of the league.

Trailing, 1-0, the Pirates (13-0-1) scored three goals in the final 17:43 to claim the victory.

Lisa Mezzadra, Courtney Walker and Deena Lattanzi scored for the victors, while Sarah Tollick notched the only goal for the Gators.

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