Anne Arundel Community College's second run at a national title in women's soccer ended yesterday the same way it did last year, with a first-round loss in the the eight-team National Junior College Athletic Association tournament.
The third-ranked Pioneers (16-2-2) fell, 4-0, at CCBC-Essex to defending national champion Champlain College. The No. 8-ranked Beavers (11-6) from Burlington, Vt., put the game away early, jumping to a 3-0 in first 16 minutes.
"It's tough to come back when you're three goals down with like 20 minutes left in the first half," said Anne Arundel coach Scott Peavler. "We lacked the desire and lacked the heart."
Champlain's Darcy LeBlanc scored first from 3 yards seven minutes into the game off a pass from Janine Fagan near the right post. The second goal, by Brianne Tieff, came in the 13th minute and the third in the 16th, when Fagan beat two defenders about 35 yards from goal, dribbled to just inside the penalty area, where she shot into the right corner past goalie Amy Shacklock (seven saves).
Champlain outshot the Pioneers, 14-1, in the first half.
Nicole Oreandella's goal early in the second half increased the Beavers' total to four. The Pioneers had yielded only eight goals in 19 previous games, 14 of them shutouts.
"We made so many mistakes today that we said we couldn't make -- and train not to make," said Peavler, who also was philosophical, adding that his young team will grow from the experience.
"We have 14 freshmen, and their previous biggest experience was making it to their [high school] state championship," Peavler said. "For 17- and 18-year-olds, this can be overwhelming, playing against the best teams in the nation. All the mistakes we made today we won't make next year."