No. 1 Catholic scores 3 late goals to down tough J. Carroll, 3-1 No. 12 Patriots score first, but can't hold on to lead

Girls soccer

October 01, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

John Carroll did something yesterday against No. 1 Catholic that no other ranked team has managed to do this season -- score first.

The No. 12 Patriots also held the Cubs scoreless for 60 minutes, but that wasn't quite long enough.

Alison Healey, Allison Merkle and Becky Bieneman scored goals within 10 minutes to boost the Cubs to a 3-1 victory in a Catholic League A Division match at Herring Run Park.

"The score was not indicative of the way we played," said Patriots coach Gary Lynch, "but Catholic is a great team and they deserve to be where they are."

The Cubs (11-0, 6-0 in the Catholic League) are tied for fourth this week in the USA Today Top 25 national rankings, up one spot from last week.

That obviously did not faze the Patriots (4-3-1, 3-2-1).

"In the first half, they really were outplaying us," said Bieneman, "but we had a lot more chances than them. We just couldn't come up with it. We need to start coming out strong right from the whistle and we need to put the first one away."

Instead, the Cubs, who were playing their fourth Top 15 team in six days, missed those early chances and the Patriots kept the pressure on.

John Carroll's Jenny Biscoe scored in the 28th minute on a pass from Erica Korecky on the left. "I just took a dribble around the goalie and kicked it with my left foot," said Biscoe.

The sophomore striker nearly set up another goal a few minutes later. Meredith Gunning passed the ball to Biscoe, wide left. As she drew Cubs keeper Corrine Butcher from the goal, Biscoe crossed the ball back to Gunning. Facing a clear lane to the net, Gunning shanked the shot.

The Patriots didn't get many chances after that. In the second half, the Cubs outshot them, 16-1, for a 25-8 edge in the game.

Healey scored the first Catholic goal on a penalty kick in the 60th minute. Her shot was the Cubs' 16th of the game.

After a terrific defensive stand in which Patriots goalie Maggie Pyzik made two quick saves amid a cluster of players, the Patriots were called for a hand ball. Healey fired the penalty kick into the left corner past Pyzik, who finished with 13 saves.

"When you have a penalty shot like that," said Lynch, "it's really deflating. When you play aggressive and then have something come up that's a situation really out of your control, it hurts."

Three minutes later, Healey set up another goal on a re-start from about three yards off the right corner of the box. When the Patriots could not clear the ball, All-Metro midfielder Merkle scored off the carom.

Bieneman made it three straight when she won the ball from Kristen Townley, carried it down the left side and landed her shot just inside the right post.

Notre Dame Prep 3, No. 2 Mercy 1: Megan Schwartz scored two goals and Emily Lessner made 18 saves as the unranked Pirates (3-4, 2-4) upset No. 2-ranked Mercy (7-2-3, 1-2-2) in a Catholic League A Division game.

Jill Matusky scored the Pirates' first goal about 10 minutes into the second half. Schwartz added her goals for a 3-0 lead before Jessie Whippo put Mercy on the board. Deena Lattanzi assisted on all three of visiting NDP's goals.

Pub Date: 10/01/97

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