N.D. Prep cruises over Spalding, 4-0

Koloup has 3 goals, assist to spark No. 1 Blazers

Girls soccer

October 02, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Sneaky, fast and precise. That best described the Notre Dame Prep attack yesterday at Archbishop Spalding and the result for the No. 1 Blazers was a comfortable 4-0 win.

Junior forward Beth Koloup was the primary giver and taker, setting up the all-important first goal and then scoring the final three as the Blazers improved to 7-0 on the season and 5-0 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference.

The Blazers were coming off a 2-1 overtime win over three-time defending league champ St. Mary's and have consecutive games against the Institute of Notre Dame, John Carroll and McDonogh starting next week.

They did well not to look past a talented Spalding team, also getting a collective effort in the back to earn the shutout.

"It's tough when you have an emotional win like St. Mary's to come back and play hard. The girls did a fantastic job. We got our goals, we got our shutout - it was really what we wanted," Notre Dame Prep coach Chris Lopez said.

All-Metro midfielder Zoey Bouchelle scored in the 26th minute when she ran on to a through ball from Koloup, quickly ran the ball into the penalty area and made the most of one last touch to get the goalie down before finishing into an open net.

With the Cavaliers (7-4, 2-2 in the league) having their share of time with the ball and always looking to get it forward in a hurry, the Blazers made good use of countering with Koloup effectively finishing off three second-half chances to put the game away.

Freshman Cynthia Gamboa assisted on all three, the first two ideal through balls that were able to find Koloup in stride behind the Cavaliers' defense.

"It takes a lot of teamwork and shows how we've really gotten used to each other playing through balls and creating space," Koloup said. "Considering we get a lot of chances, I just try my best to finish as many as I can. I practice a lot on finishing and go for accuracy more than power most of the time."

"They're extremely fast off the ball, their through balls are extremely accurate and they run onto the ball very well," said Spalding coach Bob Dieterle. "And when they collect the ball, their first touch is a good one and they're going right to goal without slowing down," he said.

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