St. Mary's crosses up John Carroll Coppedge connection sparks Saints to 4-1 win

Girls soccer

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

With a slim 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.

"We talked about what we did in the first half and what we needed to do in the second half -- step to the ball and anticipate better."

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 team's 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's 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 and Erin Coppedge was letting a short pass from Susan MacWilliams roll past her so she could turn with a shot that found the left corner from just outside the 18-yard mark.

Coppedge saved her best for the second half and it proved to be the difference.

It was the first time the Saints were able to string together consecutive wins in a tough early-season schedule. During a stretch that ended with last Thursday's 5-1 win over Wilde Lake, they played six games in eight days.

"We have to play that type of competition early on to prepare us for our tough league," said St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin. "Today, we finished a few and played pretty well [in the second half]. I wanted them to go after it and they did just that."

Senior Tina Fedarcyk and junior Kelly Bertwell had solid games in the back for the Saints, particularly in the first half when the Patriots were pressing more.

Pub Date: 9/17/97

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