St. Mary's attack kicks in, dumping rival Spalding, 4-0 Frosh Sample's two goals pace Saints, avenge loss

"We've never been able to put it all together like we did today. This should give us confidence." Maria Smear, St. Mary's midfielder

Girls soccer

October 30, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

St. Mary's had been struggling to find the net all season long.

After the Saints' effort in yesterday afternoon's regular-season finale at Archbishop Spalding -- an offensive display that had one of their supporters requesting a photo of the scoreboard -- it's safe to say they've found it.

Freshman Kerrie Sample scored twice, and the Saints broke the game open with three second-half goals to come away with a 4-0 win, avenging a 3-2 overtime loss to Spalding earlier in the season.

After a last-minute, 2-1 loss to top-ranked John Carroll last week, Saints coach Jerry Tobin was confident his young offense would come around, sooner or later. Yesterday's performance looked like "sooner."

With St. Mary's Catholic League tournament-opener early next week, it couldn't have come at a better time.

"We've been playing well all season long but haven't been able to find the net. Hopefully, this will give us confidence and can be something we can continue to build on," said Tobin.

Before the Saints' offense got started yesterday, senior goalkeeper Amy Mulligan was busy at work with a pivotal save four minutes into the game as she turned back Kadie Linden's point-blank shot from 10 yards.

Junior sweeper Kelly Coppedge, solid throughout, got the Saints' first goal started with a clear to Athena Gramates at midfield. Gramates one-touched it ahead to Sample, who was free on the right side and cleanly beat Spalding goalkeeper Yasmin Alter with a low shot to the near post.

The Saints, with strong play at midfield led by senior Maria Smear, took over in the second half by marking tight and getting to the ball first. With that work came goals.

Four minutes into the half, freshman Kelly Hammond took a short, square pass from Smear and scored from 20 yards.

Sample added her second goal a little later with a nice turn on a corner kick from Gramates.

Senior stopper Kelly Bertwell put the game away from the right side with under 10 minutes to play.

Problems scoring? Where?

"We've never been able to put it all together like we did today. This should give us confidence," said Smear. "We have a lot of talent up front, but they're young and inexperienced. We knew it would take them awhile to get adjusted to high school varsity.

"Some tough opponents [are coming up in the tournament], no easy games. As long as we can finish every game, we'll be fine. Amy is strong in goal, and the defense is doing real well."

Spalding got a solid effort from senior midfielder Amy Campion, particularly in the first half.

Pub Date: 10/30/98

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