John Carroll lucks out in 1-0 win over Mercy Mercy dominates but can't score

McDonogh falls

Girls soccer

September 25, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked John Carroll stretched a little bit of luck into a huge 1-0 Catholic League victory over No. 4 Mercy yesterday.

Early in the second half, Kim Karlinchak's corner kick glanced off Lindsay Syphard's knee and then off a defender's foot for the winning goal. Otherwise, the match was overwhelmingly in Mercy's favor.

"We should have lost this game," said Patriots coach Gary Lynch. "Mercy outplayed us. We were just lucky."

The Patriots' luck boosted their record to 8-0 and 5-0 in the Catholic League A Division. The Magic dropped to 6-1-2 and 1-1-1 in league play.

Yesterday's game figured to be a nail-biter, because these teams had given up a total of four goals in 15 games. Mercy had allowed only six shots in its last three games.

The Patriots needed the lucky break to overcome their hosts' determination as well as their own lack of aggressiveness.

"I don't know why we didn't come out intense," said Patriots midfielder Jenny Biscoe. "We're undefeated, so I guess we're afraid of losing the No. 1 spot."

The Patriots also struggled in the first half of Tuesday's clash with No. 9 Notre Dame Prep before posting a 2-0 victory.

"Right now, we're more worried about not losing than we are about winning," said Lynch. "You could see that [yesterday] -- they were timid. If you play not to lose, you're going to, and we should have lost this game."

Mercy did just about everything to make that happen. They outhustled the Patriots and outshot them, 17-8.

With 12 minutes left, Magic coach Kevin Cromwell switched from a 4-4-2 formation to 3-4-3, moving sweeper Jessie Steck up. The strategy helped the Magic threaten repeatedly. Striker Kaitie Schuyler alone had three shots that narrowly missed.

John Carroll goalkeeper Maggie Pyzik, who made 11 saves, punched away a corner kick in the 30th minute. But on the rebound, Jamie Vogtman netted a sizzling 15-footer over Pyzik's head that would have tied the game had the Magic not been offside.

In the final minute, the Magic sent the ball across the goal mouth untouched and halfway back again before Pyzik smothered it.

"We've been a little unlucky this year," said Cromwell. "We've outshot every team we've played, but sometimes when you're in dogfight, one can make the difference."

No. 9 Notre Dame Prep 2, No. 2 McDonogh 1: Amy Alecci scored the game-winner with five minutes left as the Pirates (7-1, 4-1) stunned McDonogh in a Catholic League A Division match.

The Pirates took a first-half lead on Kathryn Zoli's goal, but Marissa Shuchat tied it 10 minutes after the half.

The Eagles (7-4, 2-1) outshot the Pirates, 28-6. NDP goalie Lauren Stone made 18 saves.

Catholic 1, No. 11. St. Mary's 1 2OT: Laura Dantoni scored on a feed from fellow freshman Megan McAuliffe, and goalkeeper Allison Merkle had 13 saves as the unranked Cubs (1-3-3, 1-2-2) tied St. Mary's (3-4-1, 0-3-1) in a Catholic League A Division contest.

Pub Date: 9/25/98

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