John Carroll deals No. 4 IND first loss, 1-0

Patriots pull off the upset without top scorer Myers

Luongo gets only goal

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 07, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

His leading goal scorer was out with an injury, but as far as John Carroll girls soccer coach Gary Lynch was concerned, yesterday's game against the Institute of Notre Dame was business as usual for the third-ranked Patriots.

"We don't mention anybody that we have to fill in for," Lynch said. "They know who is on the team and what they have to do. It's just a matter that we have to use the same formation with different people so other players get an opportunity."

Usually a reserve but starting yesterday, junior Christine Luongo seized the opportunity, scoring the game's only goal to hand the fourth-ranked Indians their first loss of the season, 1-0, in a key Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game at Sen. Joseph S. Bonvegna Field in Canton.

The Patriots (8-1-1) were 0-1-1 when Ashley Myers, who Lynch said was nursing a foot injury, was out of the lineup earlier this season. The junior forward has 10 goals and two assists.

"I don't think we're trying to prove that we can win without her, but I think it's important that the kids understand nobody is bigger than the team whatever the case may be," Lynch said.

John Carroll seemed to get the message.

Just 10 minutes into the game, the Patriots worked the ball into the Indians' box and onto the foot of Rachel Layer. The junior sent a ball out wide to an onrushing Luongo, who hit a right-footed shot to the far post that beat Indians goalie Jessica Vetock (10 saves).

"I just saw that one of our players had the ball on the inside and toward the flag was open, so I made a run there," said Luongo, a midfielder and defender who played fullback much of the game.

The goal, Luongo's second, stood up thanks to a sound defensive effort by the Patriots, who got solid games from sweeper Lauren Ward and stopper Krissy Zerhusen.

When the Indians (11-1-1), who generated much of their offense off crosses by senior Lindsey Lowder, were able to penetrate past the Patriots' backs, John Carroll goalie Andrea Gaeta came up big.

Gaeta had 18 saves, and two of her best came early in the second half. She came out and was able to get a piece of a Lowder cross that seemed destined for the foot of Indians freshman Becky Fraser. Gaeta then got up quickly to snare senior Mel Cunningham's shot from outside the box.

"I saw [Fraser] coming, so I just tried to get anything on it I could," Gaeta said. "I knew we couldn't clear it, so I got back up and hoped for the best."

After that flurry, John Carroll controlled much of the play, with junior midfielder Jamie Zimmerman repeatedly taking on Indians defenders and setting up teammates.

"I think it was a pretty even game for the most part," said IND coach Dave Schaeffer. "But they deserved to win. They capitalized at an opportunistic time."

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