No. 2 St. Mary's hits a dip against Good Counsel, 4-0 Wheaton school buries 'down' Saints in 1st half

September 11, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The St. Mary's Saints were all gathered together following their discouraging 4-0 loss to Montgomery County's Good Counsel yesterday afternoon, looking for an answer to a bewildering question.

When will this roller-coaster ride end?

Apparently on track with a cozy 5-0 win over Mount de Sales on Tuesday, the No. 2-ranked Saints (2-2-1) didn't have the time to hTC think otherwise in yesterday's first half at Weems-Whelan Memorial Field in Annapolis -- largely because of Good Counsel forward Katie Moore.

The Falcons' senior co-captain set the tone in the game's seventh minute, scoring from eight yards after taking a short through-ball from freshman Christi Bird.

Five minutes later, freshman midfielder Melissa Moore, Katie's younger sister, made it 2-0 for the visitors from Wheaton. A little later, Katie was back at it with the second of her three goals.

Three goals against in the game's first 18 minutes, and the Saints were never able to recover.

"The first half, for whatever reason, we didn't come ready to play," said St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin. "We hung our heads after the first goal, and just like that, they had two more goals. The kids have to look inside themselves and find out some things. This was a very disappointing effort."

Added senior forward Tiffany Schummer, who dropped back to play some sweeper late in the first half and in the second: "We really didn't come out and play with any heart. We just sat back. They didn't really beat us; we beat ourselves."

Despite a shuffled line-up with top midfielder Maria Smear out with a heel injury, the Saints did find some positives.

They got back to their short passing game in the second half and, aside from their inability to finish, outplayed the 3-1-1 Falcons.

But it was too little too late.

"We're going to do a lot more things as a team off the field, and hopefully, that will get us in tune on the field," Schummer said. "Right now, we're just not controlling all aspects of the game like we should."

The Saints will get another chance when they visit Wilde Lake in Columbia today.

Pub Date: 9/11/97

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