Lower-ranked J. Carroll gets jump on Notre Dame

Gordon's 2nd-half goal lifts No. 5 over No. 4, 1-0

Girls soccer

September 08, 2001|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

On the road, the fifth-ranked John Carroll girls soccer team went on the attack yesterday against No. 4 Notre Dame Prep and secured its first victory of the season, 1-0.

Predominantly known for their defense, the Patriots (1-1) kept pressure on the Blazers (0-2) throughout the first half before scoring midway through the second.

John Carroll junior Mairead Gordon stole the ball from defender Brigid Muth in the left corner of the field at the 18:28 mark, then shot the ball into the upper right corner of the net for the game's lone goal.

"She earned the goal off of the ball. It was all hustle," said John Carroll coach Gary Lynch. "That was a pretty goal for her. She earned it because of the work that she did before the shot."

Yesterday's game marked the first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game for both teams, both seeking to reverse their losing starts from earlier in the week.

"We lost to River Hill and they lost to Westminster so both teams were really hungry to get a win," Lynch said. "We knew we had to put on pressure early. I thought we kept the pressure on the goal the entire game."

John Carroll controlled the tempo from the beginning, taking shot after shot on sophomore goalie Heather McArthur (13 saves).

"She is terrific. Heather has come out of nowhere. She has come up big time," said Notre Dame Prep coach Mark Deaton. "She has a nice demeanor about her."

McArthur filled in for senior Lauren Stone, who is sidelined with a dislocated shoulder and will be out for at least one more week.

"I think anytime Stone is not in the goal it is an advantage to the other team," Lynch said. "It was unfortunate that she couldn't play, she is a great keeper and she will be back soon."

In attacking the Blazers' goal relentlessly, John Carroll earned 15 corner kicks. But NDP's defense did a great job of clearing out the ball in those situations.

"We defended them well. I am happy how we defended their corner kicks," Deaton said.

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