No. 1 Notre Dame Prep still unbeaten

Blazers get clutch goal by Koloup in 69th minute to take down IND, 2-1

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 09, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

It's a luxury - somehow finding a way to win in the end - that the No. 1 Notre Dame Prep girls soccer team has put to good use this season.

Up against an Institute of Notre Dame squad that wasn't backing down yesterday, the Blazers turned to one of its reliable sources when junior striker Beth Koloup scored in the 69th minute to claim a 2-1 win in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game in Canton.

The Blazers are 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the league. The No. 4 Indians (11-2-1, 2-2-1) dropped their second straight game.

"I think our team just realized we really had to step it up because it was a crucial point in the game with the score tied. We didn't want to go to overtime," Koloup said.

So instead, Koloup was quick to turn an Indians' breakdown in the back into opportunity, finding the lower left corner from 12 yards.

"They never really get down on themselves - never think they're going to lose," said Notre Dame Prep coach Chris Lopez. "And that kind of confidence really helps you in the times you're pressed up against the wall. They just feel like they can always score."

The Indians, who had a 14-9 advantage in shots and 7-1 edge in corner kicks, could argue they certainly deserved better.

Trailing 1-0 going into the second half, they went to a third forward that provided consistent pressure and a goal from Becky Fraser.

But the Blazers were able to regroup. With Koloup, senior midfielder Zoey Bouchelle and others, there was seemingly always someone to put a ball and game away.

"This season, for some reason, we just thrive under pressure. Unfortunately, we tend to letdown at times, but in the end we always come with heart to get it done," Bouchelle said.

It was Bouchelle who gave the Blazers a 1-0 lead in an evenly played first half when she volleyed home a cross from Koloup.

The Indians, who were coming off a tough 1-0 loss to No. 3 John Carroll on Monday, picked up their intensity instead of being fazed. When they went down 2-1 late, their last quality scoring chance came on a corner kick from Lindsey Lowder that Notre Dame Prep keeper Heather McArthur was aggressively able to grab.

"We played as well as we've played all season. The more we stayed in the game, the more the kids believed they belonged," said Indians coach Dave Schaeffer. "We had an opportunity to win the game, but it didn't happen. We came with heart, and I'm very proud of the effort."

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