John Carroll's early goal eliminates Mercy Hot Patriots to meet Catholic next in tourney

November 06, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

They're always the last words spoken -- by everyone -- when John Carroll breaks from its pre-game huddle: "Win the first five minutes."

Those words proved prophetic yesterday.

Kelley Wilson's header four minutes in turned out to be the game's only goal, as the No. 10-ranked Patriots topped visiting No. 8 Mercy, 1-0, in a Catholic League tournament first-round game.

John Carroll (10-4-2), which has won four of its past five games, advanced to meet top-seeded Catholic in a semifinal game at Utz Twardowicz Field in Patterson Park at 5: 15 p.m. tomorrow.

Mercy lost back-to-back games for the first time this year, the Magic's fall ending at 12-5-4.

The game-winner came off John Carroll's first shot. Patriots' sophomore back Kim Karlinchak curled a corner kick to the near post, where Wilson headed it in, uncontested.

"Like coach [Gary] Lynch says: the first five minutes dictate the game," John Carroll sophomore midfielder Jenny Briscoe said. "After we scored, they got down, and we got more intense."

The Patriots' intensity showed in the midfield as they continually kept Mercy from driving upfield by outhustling and outleaping the Magic for the ball.

John Carroll also applied non-stop pressure to the Magic attack by double-teaming the ball, forcing hasty decision-making and hindering any offensive flow.

That combination stifled any chances for Mercy to tie the game late, because the Magic couldn't get within 25 yards of the goal for the final 14 minutes.

"We're very inexperienced, and the only chance we have at beating a quality team is to have a high work-grade," said Lynch, whose Patriots are 6-1-1 in their past eight games. "I think we're ready for Catholic."

Earlier this fall, John Carroll needed a goal with 10 minutes left to tie Mercy, 1-1. But the Patriots have improved over the past month, outscoring their past eight opponents by 26-7.

The Patriots continued that stellar play yesterday, outshooting Mercy 17-8, and running their shutout string to 168 minutes. The Magic were shut out for only the second time all season.

Mercy did have its chances, most notably on six corner kicks. But the Magic never converted, its kicks going into the arms of Patriots goalkeeper Maggie Pyzik, or deflections flaring wide.

No. 3 Catholic 8, Archbishop Spalding 0: Allison Merkle notched three goals and Nicole Brooks added two as the Cubs rolled in the Catholic A League tournament.

No. 4 St. Mary's 7, Institute of Notre Dame 1: Erin Coppedge and Tiffany Schummer each scored twice as the Saints (13-3-4) rolled into the Catholic A League semifinals to meet McDonogh at 3: 15 p.m. tomorrow at Utz Twardowicz Field in Patterson Park.

5 McDonogh 7, Notre Dame Prep 3: Marissa Schuchat scored four goals, three in the first half, as the host Eagles (15-2-4) won a quarterfinal game of the Catholic A League tournament.

Catholic B tournament

Bryn Mawr 4, Mount Carmel 0: Teresa Sherry scored three goals to lead the host Mawrtians. Bryn Mawr and Roland Park meet in a semifinal game at 3: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Patterson Park's Orton Field.

Roland Park 8, Towson Catholic 0: The host Reds got three goals from Natalie Rothemund in their quarterfinal win.

Maryvale 3, Chapelgate 0: Brooks Statsny and Stephanie Sybert each had one goal to lead the host Lions, who will meet Severn at 5: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Patterson Park's Orton Field.

Severn 2, St. Mary's-B 0: Carol Prickett and Emily Rodriquez each scored a goal as the Admirals won at home.

Pub Date: 11/06/97

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