Mercy misses upset of No. 2 St. Mary's Both teams point out lapses in No. 5 Magic's 2-2 tie

October 15, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Mercy and St. Mary's each pointed to specific defensive breakdowns that could have turned the game in their favor. But the mental mistakes canceled each other out as No. 5 and host Mercy and No. 2 St. Mary's played to a 2-2 tie yesterday.

The Saints (8-3-3, 6-1-2 in the Catholic League) had won six of seven but have tied in their last two games. The Magic (9-2-4, 3-2-3), which gave up its first goal in three games, is now 0-2-3 against ranked league teams.

"It was No. 2 against No. 5 and the play was very indicative of that," Mercy first-year coach Kevin Cromwell said. "It was like I saw us ready to score and then the next minute they were coming back down the field at us. I felt at times they dominated us and then there were times were we dominated them as well."

The Saints tied the game at 2 when Erin Coppedge dropped a short pass up front to Susan MacWilliams, who converted the one-on-one opportunity in the first minute of the second half. The Magic said that lapse squelched its near upset.

After that goal, both teams held each other scoreless for the remaining 39 minutes.

"I'm not disappointed in our play but we lost our concentration on that goal," Cromwell said. "If we don't allow that goal, we win the game."

St. Mary's, the defending Catholic League tournament champion, paid for its first miscue. Mercy caught St. Mary's out of position in the second minute of the game as Jessie Steck took a pass from Katie Schuyler and scored on a clear shot from five yards to give the Magic a 1-0 advantage.

"You never like ties but I guess we should be happy with a tie after giving them that first goal," St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin said. "We definitely did not come ready to play."

After that early mistake, the Saints controlled midfield play and tied the game at 1 when Tiffany Schummer redirected a corner kick out in front of the goal midway through the first half.

But Mercy countered again nine minutes later. Taking a long pass from Schuyler, Magic freshman Candace Smith dribbled 10 yards, baited goalkeeper Lisa Corradini out and scored from about eight yards for a 2-1 Mercy lead.

St. Mary's, which outshot Mercy 18-11, had problems finishing. Magic freshman goalkeeper Jenn Williams played a major part in slowing the Saints with 11 saves.

"There's nothing wrong in tying Mercy," Tobin said. "We fought the wind the entire second half and still created opportunities. But I felt after we scored that goal in the second half, we'd get another one."

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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