Devereux-led Glenelg routs South Carroll

Midfielder's 2 goals push Gladiators to 4-1 victory

High Schools

Girls soccer

September 05, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In the 22nd minute of last night's girls soccer season opener, Glenelg junior midfielder Danielle Devereux fired a shot from point-blank range two feet over the crossbar.

Apparently she just needed to take a couple steps back.

Five minutes later, Devereux scored on a free kick from nearly 40 yards, then got a second goal in the 71st minute from 22 yards to lead the ninth-ranked Gladiators to a 4-1 victory over host South Carroll.

"When I'm close, I think about it too much," Devereux said. "When I'm further back, I just aim and let her rip; I don't think about where to place it."

Junior midfielder Chrissy Starcher and sophomore midfielder Mary Rollyson also scored for the two-time defending Class 1A state champions, who were playing their first game as a Class 2A team.

"I'm real happy for the first time out this year," said Glenelg coach Mike Williams, whose team graduated six starters and a key substitute.

"If the younger kids learn to play with intensity for 80 minutes, we're just going to get better. It was a good first night."

Those "younger kids" - five starting sophomores and one starting freshman - will be led by the team's only starting senior, second-team All-Metro Lindsay Lewis.

Last night, Lewis played well, assisting on Glenelg's second goal with a long pass to Starcher up the right wing. Starcher then chipped a 20-yard shot over South Carroll freshman goalkeeper Amanda Frushour.

In the 34th minute, Rollyson tapped a pass from another sophomore, Brandy McReynolds, into an empty net to give the Gladiators a 3-0 halftime advantage.

South Carroll showed life in the second half when senior captain Jennifer Kasper hit the crossbar in the 52nd minute and senior forward Jill Harrison scored in the 66th minute.

But Devereux's second goal five minutes later put the game out of reach.

"They really hurt us with the long ball and their transition game, plus their speed was significant the whole game," South Carroll coach Jerry Janowich said.

"The long shots and set plays really hurt us, and I've got to give them credit for that. But this season is a marathon, not a sprint."

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