T. Johnson blanks S. Carroll

Defending 4A champion controls game for 3-0 win

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 15, 2002|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Thomas Johnson showed South Carroll why it is the defending Class 4A girls soccer state champion. It's a performance the Cavaliers would rather have missed.

Emily Sykes scored two goals and Katie Spenser added another as visiting Thomas Johnson dominated from start to finish for a 3-0 victory over South Carroll in a Central Maryland Conference game last night.

South Carroll coach Jerry Janowich could do little more than shake his head in wonder after watching the control the entire game.

"We had to play almost a mistake-free game to [have a chance]," Janowich said. "They are a very good team. They're good at angles and spaces. They're very clever."

Thomas Johnson (6-2, 3-0) kept the ball in South Carroll's end for a large part of the game and constantly pressured the Cavaliers defense. The Patriots' speed and ball-handling made clearing the ball not just difficult for the Cavaliers but often an adventure.

South Carroll often got the ball out of its box but found major problems sending the ball into Thomas Johnson's end.

Jennifer Ross, Stephanie Ritgert and Danielle Mulieri led the South Carroll defensive effort, which was strong throughout the game. The Patriots just kept coming up with chance after chance, and it eventually proved to be too much.

"They're constantly passing and moving the ball," Ross said. "Our whole team played really hard and never quit."

But a few mistakes hurt South Carroll (5-5, 2-3) After a Thomas Johnson corner kick, some miscommunication among the Cavaliers let the ball fall to the ground right in front of the goal. It bounced to Spenser, who tapped it into the empty net 8:49 into the game for a 1-0 lead.

The Patriots nearly scored again with about 13 minutes left in the first half, but Lauren Gastley's shot hit the left post. The ball rolled right back to South Carroll goalie Amanda Frushour, who covered it up.

South Carroll's best scoring chance came with about four minutes left in the first half. Mulieri had a 10-yard indirect kick, but Thomas Johnson goalie Erin Lathrop knocked it down just in time. The Cavaliers finished with just two shots on goal; the Patriots had 11.

Thomas Johnson scored twice in the second half to seal the victory.

"This is a tough conference," Janowich said. "But this is the first game where we were just outplayed."

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