No. 1 Catholic rolls on by beating Mercy, 5-2 Brooks scores four goals in battle of ranked teams

Girls soccer

September 17, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

All-Metro striker Nicole Brooks scored four goals to lead No. 1-ranked Catholic past No. 4 Mercy, 5-2, yesterday in a Catholic League A Division showdown at Goucher College in Towson.

Brooks headed in the first goal and then turned the ball out of a crowd to slide it into the corner for a 2-0 Cubs lead. Later, she scored on a carom off the post.

The senior's best effort came in the 77th minute when she took the ball off Mercy stopper Jesse Eckerl's feet about 20 yards straight out, carried it halfway in and tapped it home.

Trailing 3-0, the Magic finally recovered some of the offensive spark it showed in the final five minutes of the first half. Mercy scored on a controversial play midway through the half.

Cubs keeper Corrine Butcher saved Mercy's first shot of the half, but as a Magic player ran into her, Butcher lost her balance. She started falling back over the goal line and tossed the ball out. Mercy's Becca Hojnowski recovered the ball and shot it by Butcher.

Cubs coach Jerry Dieter protested the no-call to no avail, but his players got their point across with a goal 40 seconds later. Becky Bieneman nailed a sharply-angled shot off the post and Brooks netted the rebound.

Kaitie Schuyler scored the second goal for the Magic (4-1-1 overall, 1-1 Catholic League), which will have another shot at the Cubs (5-0, 2-0) in five weeks.

The Cubs, who spent most of last season at No. 1 before losing to St. Mary's in the Catholic League tournament final, had not given up a goal this season until yesterday. They now have outscored the opposition 24-2.

Pub Date: 9/17/97

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