No. 1 NDP hits on all cylinders vs. J. Carroll

Blazers remain unbeaten after stopping Patriots, 2-0

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 11, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Notre Dame Prep maintained its superiority with some opportunistic scoring over the past few weeks, but the host Blazers put a complete game together yesterday in beating their toughest opponent to date.

Beth Koloup and Caitlyn McFadden provided early goals, Kayce Blandford controlled much of the middle and the defense did the rest to get past No. 3 John Carroll, 2-0, in Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference soccer.

"I would consider this the biggest win of all," said Koloup, "because John Carroll is No. 3 and we just proved that we are No. 1. This is the best we've ever played. We were really up to the challenge."

Koloup set the tone for the game in the 18th minute when a long ball from Zoey Bouchelle skimmed off the head of John Carroll's Krissy Zerhusen, and Koloup ran onto it about 30 yards from the goal. She beat sweeper Lauren Ward and ripped a shot to the right post by diving keeper Andrea Gaeta.

"I saw the space and I went for it. It was just a burst of acceleration," said the junior striker. "I knew I had to score to set the tempo of the game."

The Blazers (9-0 overall, 7-0 conference) kept the pressure on the Patriots (9-2-1, 6-1), and McFadden scored a beautiful goal in the 30th minute. The sophomore striker took an aerial cross from Emily Bock and volleyed it into the net.

In the second half, the Blazers missed a couple of opportunities when Gaeta made a point-blank save against Koloup and Bock narrowly missed a shot, but the rest of the half was a different story. The Patriots took the upper hand but could not break through despite repeated strong efforts from Ashley Myers.

Emma Santucci did a great job marking Myers and she got plenty of help from fellow defenders Elizabeth Whipple, Sarah Memoli and Maria Maunz.

In the midfield, Patriots junior Jamie Zimmerman did a terrific job against Bouchelle, turning that matchup into a draw. But the Patriots had no one to handle Blandford, who repeatedly sent excellent balls inside the 18-yard line.

Zimmerman said that the Patriots will work to counter NDP's superior speed if they get a second shot at the Blazers.

"This gives us a lot of motivation," said Zimmerman. "Now, we know where we need to be when we need to be there. We know what we're going for now. I think it's good. It's something to work for."

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