Kim comes up big again for Key with three goals to top Park, 3-0

She leads team with 15

Obezags clinch No. 3 seed

Girls soccer

October 23, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Meejean Kim, the shortest player on the Key girls soccer team, stood tall yesterday.

Kim registered her third hat trick of the season, propelling the host Obezags to a 3-0 shutout of Park in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference matchup in Annapolis.

Kim, a 5-foot-2 senior striker, scored her 13th, 14th and 15th goals of the season in a 13-minute span of the second half to help Key (6-3-4 overall and 5-3-3 in the conference) extend its unbeaten streak to four games and secure the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, which begins Friday.

"Meejean is like an electric prod for this team," Obezags coach Billy Ament said. "If she gets on a roll, the whole team starts to play harder."

After leaving Severn with a 1-1 tie in double overtime Friday, Key had little trouble finding its legs or shots against the Bruins, who dropped to 5-7 overall and 4-6 in the conference.

The Obezags took 13 shots in the first half, but Park goalkeeper Julie Scherr made 10 of her 17 saves in the half to keep Key scoreless.

But the Obezags broke through in the 11th minute of the second half courtesy of Kim. Sophomore midfielder Sophia Kim drove to the right corner and found Meejean Kim, who was cutting into the box.

Meejean Kim raced in untouched and lined a shot into the net to give Key a 1-0 lead.

Two minutes later, freshman midfielder Katharine Chaney centered the ball from the left sideline. Kim tapped the ball away from Scherr, who charged out of the net, and spun a shot into the open net.

Then, with 16 minutes left in the game, Kim trapped a pass from senior midfielder Beth Bafford and floated a shot from 12 yards away off the far left post and into the net.

As dangerous as Kim was, the Key defense was just as solid. Senior defenders Brie McFadden, Rozzie Pappafotis and Krissy Olson allowed the Bruins just six shots, helping junior goalie Elyse Colgan (two saves) to her sixth shutout of the year.

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