Hornfeck, Arundel overwhelm Northeast

Her hat trick powers aggressive Wildcats, 7-0

High Schools

Girls soccer

September 06, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Arundel senior defender Jenn McGowan had no misconceptions about the Northeast girls soccer team.

And even though McGowan's Wildcats easily thrashed the host Eagles, 7-0, in Pasadena yesterday, she still maintained a deep sense of respect for her opponent.

"We didn't think Northeast was going to be an easy game, and it wasn't," McGowan said. "We knew they beat South River [last season] and we lost to [South River]. We were nervous."

Arundel allayed any worries by dominating nearly every aspect of yesterday's season opener for both teams.

On offense, the Wildcats took 41 shots, enjoyed a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks, and were relentless in pouncing on turnovers.

On defense, Arundel allowed just one Eagles shot and the goalkeeping trio of Sarah Kitchin, Katie Wagner, and Catie Bukowski combined to register a single save.

Northeast coach Marianne Shultz chalked up the loss to first-game nerves.

"Being flustered put us behind the eight ball," she said. "We got into a panic state, and we didn't look like the same team in our scrimmages."

Part of that was because the Wildcats' aggressive pursuit of the ball, particularly in the offensive zone. On Arundel's first score in the game's 22nd minute, sophomore midfielder Melissa Hornfeck pounced on a turnover and blasted a shot from 20 yards away under the hands of Eagles senior goalie Melissa Tewey.

More than four minutes later, Tewey turned away a corner kick from senior forward Jessica Upchurch, but Hornfeck put the rebound into the net for a 2-0 lead.

Sophomore forward Alli Wilkerson extended the lead to three just 60 seconds later when she converted a breakaway off a turnover.

Hornfeck said the key was deciphering a way to get the ball past Tewey, who made 23 saves, including four point-blank stops.

"We decided to shoot low and to the corners instead of shooting at her," Hornfeck said. "We thought that if we kept shooting, we could get it into the net."

In the second half, Hornfeck scored another to complete a hat trick, Wilkerson her second, and senior midfielder Sara Adcock and Upchurch a goal each to end the game.

Still, Wildcats coach Tom Degner wasn't entirely pleased with his team's outing, especially with regard to the shot selection.

"Our shooting was atrocious," Degner said. "It was sloppy at times, but we buckled down and we were able to adjust to Northeast."

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