John Carroll handles Bel Air, triumphs, 5-0

No. 4 Patriots outshoot foe, 5-1, win sixth in row

Girls soccer

September 20, 2001|By Bill Blewett | Bill Blewett,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The infrequently played rivalry between the Bel Air and John Carroll girls soccer teams resumed last night where it left off -- with a convincing 5-0 victory by John Carroll.

The Patriots dominated in this, the first game between the two Bel Air schools in at least five years. They outshot the host Bobcats by a 5-to-1 ratio, surprising even their coach.

"I didn't expect this," said John Carroll coach Gary Lynch. "We came out pretty hot tonight."

The victory extended the No. 4 Patriots' win streak to six since their season-opening loss to No. 2 River Hill.

A patient, veteran defense pressured the No. 11 Bobcats throughout the game, holding them to just seven shots on goal.

"Defense is where our strength is," said Lynch. "Our older players play in the back. We have a lot of youngsters up front who are pretty talented and pretty fast. The kids just have a lot of fire in them. We feel that sooner or later we will be able to break one."

Freshman Ashley Myers scored first for the Patriots with a shot into the upper left corner of the net in the ninth minute. Myers was one of three freshmen who started the game for John Carroll.

Jamie Zimmerman, a freshman midfielder, assisted on the third goal, crossing the ball to Mairead Gordon in the 18th minute of the second half.

Gordon, a junior, also got an assist when she lofted a pass perfectly in front of the goal in the 12th minute to MaryKate Sullivan, who headed the ball past Bel Air keeper Meredith Remus.

Midway through the second half, junior midfielder Amy Graul scored from the left side with an assist by Katie Whelehan. Shannon Seipp concluded the scoring with 11 minutes remaining in the game when she chased the ball into the net after Graul bounced it over the goalkeeper.

For the Bobcats, who returned six starters from last year's Class 3A state final team, the loss continued a tough season-opening stretch. The Bobcats (1-2) lost their opener to Centennial and had to rally for an overtime win against Franklin in their second game.

"Bel Air has an excellent team," said Lynch. "Our kids were fired up tonight. We haven't been able to play Bel Air in the past, but this is a big game, an intra-county rivalry."

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