John Carroll powers to tournament win

No. 1 Patriots put away Glenelg, North Carroll to lift their record to 3-0

Girls soccer

High Schools

September 12, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The top-ranked John Carroll girls soccer team put its efficient and often dazzling skills on display in the North Carroll tournament in Hampstead yesterday.

Quality touches turned into scoring chances that produced goals and two wins, with the Patriots blanking host North Carroll, 6-0, in the final to capture the tournament title.

All-Metro seniors Ashley Myers and Jamie Zimmerman were in the middle of the action. Myers scored the first two goals in the championship game, while Zimmerman controlled the middle and contributed three assists.

The Patriots improved to 3-0 for the season but, more importantly, used yesterday's games to get closer to where they want to be when the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference schedule kicks in.

"Right now, just as a team, we're building," said Myers. "Today was a big day for us to work on some things we need to improve on, so I'm really happy with how we worked together as a team. We knocked it around pretty well, kept the ball and were dangerous throughout the game. We're just working on being solid everywhere."

The Patriots' biggest test came in their opening game against a No. 8 Glenelg team that proved tough to shake.

The game stayed scoreless until Zimmerman made it 1-0 off a direct kick from the edge of the penalty area with under three minutes to play in the first half.

When Myers made it 2-0 in the opening minute of the second half - turnig an errant Glenelg clear into a goal from 25 yards - the Patriots seemed to have things well under control.

But the Gladiators (2-1) wouldn't quit - evident when Amanda Feag beat a defender and John Carroll keeper Britney Gilmartin to a bouncing ball in front to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Patriots found a quick answer when Allison Carey, who finished with three goals in the tournament, scored from in front less than a minute later for the final 3-1 margin.

"I thought we stayed with John Carroll's midfield pretty well. They contested every ball and we contested every ball," said Glenelg coach Dean Sheridan. "They got better chances off of restarts and took advantage of it. That's something you expect from a quality team."

The Gladiators rebounded in the consolation game with a 1-0 win over Old Mill, Feag scoring her scond goal of the day off a nice feed from Mindy Sartori.

North Carroll, without five players due to injury and school comitments, reached the title round with a 2-1 win over Old Mill, the tough-luck team in the tournament that played well.

Breanna Stiff and Kelly Miller had the goals for the host Panthers, while Erika Bury scored for the Patriots.

Kenwood 2, Eastern Tech 1: The Bluebirds (3-1) collected a huge overtime win over the Mavericks (3-1) - their rivals and defending Baltimore County champions - in the first round of the Kenwood Invitational.

"It was crazy, very emotional and kind of ugly at times because the game was so fast," said Bluebirds coach Derek Woodward.

Sophomore forward Ashley Singer scored Kenwood's winning goal a minute into overtime.

The Bluebirds fell to Institute of Notre Dame, 2-1, in the title game.

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