Old Mill accomplishes its goals in 11-0 victory

Six players score as the Patriots rotate all 20 on roster in rout

High Schools

Girls soccer

September 05, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Expectations can be a heavy burden, but the Old Mill girls soccer team doesn't seem to mind carrying that weight.

"This team is pretty relaxed," junior forward Kara Cullins said. "We have a lot of confidence, but we're not cocky. We're just trying to accomplish our goals."

The Patriots took a convincing first step by walloping visiting North County, 11-0, in Millersville yesterday.

Six Old Mill players scored, including three goals each from Cullins and junior forward Kim Evans.

All 20 Patriots on the varsity roster saw significant playing time as coach Vern Hines rotated liberally throughout the game.

Afterward, Hines acknowledged that the substitutions were part of an overall strategic attack of overpowering opponents.

"We're going to win or lose with 20," he said. "I think we have a good team here, but I don't know what's going to happen. I don't know. This is my first game as the head coach."

Her debut had to be labeled a success, considering that North County was no slouch after finishing with a respectable 6-5 record last season.

But the Knights (0-1 in the county and 0-1 overall) graduated six players and returned just one senior with varsity playing time. That inexperience showed yesterday against Old Mill (1-0, 1-0).

Cullins needed just a minute to give the Patriots a 1-0 lead by launching a left-footed blast from the left sideline into the top right corner.

About two minutes later, sophomore midfielder Rachel Boyer feinted left, drove right and beat North County sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Roantes from 25 yards out.

The rout continued with junior forward Vicky Schitone, Cullins, and junior forward Lindsay Gottschall posting goals to give Old Mill a 5-0 advantage at halftime.

"We have a fast frontline, so we took advantage of our speed," said Boyer, who added her second goal in the second half. "We subbed a lot and wore them out. You could tell after the first half-hour how much we wore them down."

Evans scored all three of her goals in the second half, while Cullins scored two and junior forward Stephanie Shores one to seal the victory.

How convincing were the Patriots? They owned a 40-5 advantage in shots, a 4-0 mark in corner kicks, and sophomore Chrissy Parks and junior Tammy Meyer combined to register just two saves.

But the win did not come without hardship as Gottschall may miss some time after injuring her left knee in the second half. Gottschall, who needed the aid of an assistant coach and the team trainer to limp off the field, will have her knee re-examined later this week.

For Knights coach Cara Hergan Joyce, the loss served to open some eyes on the team.

"It's a teaching game," Joyce said. "We thought we played pretty well in the preseason. We learned a lesson tonight."

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