Coppedges help St. Mary's give John Carroll slip, 4-1 Sisters Erin, Kelly power second-half burst

September 17, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

With a one-goal lead at the break, the talk on the St. Mary's bench was to jump out fast in the second half to shake off a young and pesky John Carroll team.

Shortly after, the Coppedge sisters -- senior Erin and sophomore Kelly -- went to work, with some help from Marianne Gioffre.

Erin headed home a cross from Kelly four minutes into the second half, setting the tone for the rest of the way as the No. 5 Saints claimed a 4-1 victory over No. 12 John Carroll yesterday afternoon in Catholic League A Division play in Bel Air.

It was Gioffre, a senior midfielder, who got the game's prettiest play started when she collected a ball at midfield along the left side, sent a long ball to the right corner flag for Kelly, who found her older sister along the far post.

"Kelly got down the line and she's always had a great cross, so I anticipated getting a high ball. It's always nice to do a combination with my sister," said Erin, who also scored the Saints' first-half goal.

Junior midfielder Maria Smear gave the Saints (4-2-1, 2-0 in the Catholic League) a 3-0 lead a little later and the teams exchanged harmless goals late with freshman Kristin Jasper getting the Patriots' only goal and Angela Bisland answering for the Saints.

The first half was a preview of what is to come in the next couple years from a talented John Carroll team that starts one senior and a handful of underclassmen.

The Patriots (3-1, 1-1) often took the play to the Saints, particularly early, with sophomore Jennifer Biscoe and senior Meredith Gunning creating a lot of scoring chances up top.

But they were unable to finish.

"That second goal really took its toll on us," said John Carroll coach Gary Lynch. "We made too many young mistakes in back and you can't do that against a good team."

Pub Date: 9/17/97

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