St. Mary's tops Mercy on 8 of 10 penalty kicks Saints upset No. 5 Magic, now meet No. 1 J. Carroll

November 04, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

After 100 minutes of soccer had passed with visiting St. Mary's and No. 5 Mercy locked in a 1-1 tie yesterday afternoon in Baltimore, the Saints -- shootout-tested from an earlier tournament -- were feeling comfortable and confident as penalty kicks approached to decide which team would move on in the Catholic League Tournament.

And rightly so.

St. Mary's finished on eight of its 10 chances -- junior Melissa Raszewski providing the final touch with an unreachable shot that found the top right corner -- to upset Mercy by an 8-7 count in the shootout. After Raszewski's successful finish, Caitlin Olkowski couldn't answer for Mercy (12-4-3) as her shot went just wide.

It was the third shootout win in as many tries this season for the Saints, who captured the Pioneer Shootout at Anne Arundel Community College in early September with consectuive penalty-kick wins over River Hill and Liberty.

The Saints (8-8-1) will now travel to top-ranked John Carroll -- a 1-0 winner over the Institute of Notre Dame yesterday -- in tomorrow's 3 p.m. semifinal.

"Both teams earned what they got and we're just happy to survive," said St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin. "The kids were relaxed [in the shootout situation] and we were in good shape. We've been playing well and know we can play with all these team, knowing whatever happens, happens."

Freshmen Kelly Hammond and Kerie Sample helped make tomorrow's match against John Carroll happen when the two connected with 16 minutes left in regulation to tie the game.

Hammond used some nifty work to win the right corner before sending a cross to the far post for Sample, who headed it home.

Senior goalie Amy Mulligan, who got plenty of defensive help from junior sweeper Kelly Coppedge, came up with two big saves in the second overtime and then another in the shootout to finish with 11 saves on the afternoon.

"That experience early in the season helped us out today," said Mulligan, who dived to her right to turn back a shot from Mercy senior Jamie Vogtman midway through the penalty-kick session. "We're peaking right now."

Mercy opened the scoring early in the second half when Katie Schuyler scored off an assist from Elaine Carroll.

Pub Date: 11/04/98

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