St. Mary's downs John Carroll

Saints exercise patience in 2-0 victory in two OTs

Girls soccer

September 29, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Up until now, the St. Mary's girls soccer team has displayed an aggressive attack, a sturdy defense and a win-at-all-costs attitude.

The third-ranked Saints tapped another resource - patience - yesterday in outlasting No. 4 John Carroll in a 2-0 double-overtime win at the Germantown Fields in Annapolis.

Last year, John Carroll employed an eight-player defensive strategy to upset St. Mary's, 2-0.

Yesterday, the Patriots replicated that tactic - sometimes placing 10 players in the box - and had a good measure of success in suppressing the Saints' attack.

"We were getting frustrated from not scoring," said senior midfielder Kristin Anderson. "But it motivated us. We told each other that we were going to do this."

After a scoreless regulation, St. Mary's (8-1, 3-0 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference) bore down and broke through with about five minutes left in the first overtime period.

Junior midfielder Sarah Sample crossed the ball from the right side to the net, where a Patriots defender headed the ball away.

But senior midfielder Kelly Hammond one-timed the ball in the air and into the net to break the tie.

"We were getting so many crosses off," she said. "Finally, one came out to me, and I decided to keep it on goal."

In the second 10-minute overtime period, junior striker Alison Pancotti sent the ball toward the left post and Anderson raced over to re-direct it into the net with nine minutes left.

"I was trying to shoot for the wide corner, but Kristin was there," Pancotti said. "Hey, an assist in this game is fine with me."

Saints coach Jerry Tobin said he was pleased to see his team remain tenacious despite being stymied by John Carroll (8-2, 4-1 IAAM A). "They probed and prodded, and finally, they struck one in," he said.

The Patriots were outshot 25-4, and had only two corner kicks compared with St. Mary's seven.

But John Carroll coach Gary Lynch said he wasn't disappointed with his squad's performance.

"We had opportunities in the first half," he said. "We need to convert on them if we're going to beat a team like St. Mary's."

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