NDP scores early, downs IND, 2-0

Blazers' 16 shots on goal enough to stifle Indians

Girls soccer

High Schools

September 24, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

One of the primary strategies this season for Notre Dame Prep's girls soccer team has been to strike quickly.

Yesterday, All-Metro striker Beth Koloup scored on a pass from Caitlyn McFadden in the second minute and the No. 2 Blazers went on to a 2-0 victory over No. 13 Institute of Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.

While the host Blazers (6-1, 3-0 conference) are still adjusting to graduating All-Metro midfielders Zoey Bouchelle and Kayce Blandford and a few other top players from last season's A Conference championship team, the holes seem to be filling quickly.

"Last year, we had such a good team and we had such stars that we knew we were going to score," NDP coach Chris Lopez said. "So we came out a little bit tentative and we had some weak first halves. Now, we have these fantastic starts, and when you have a quick start like that it just makes the game so much easier."

It helps to return one of the area's top finishers in Koloup. The senior took a pass from McFadden, who set up both goals, and scored from the left side for the early goal.

The Blazers rarely let up during the rest of the game. Although the IND defense did not allow the Blazers a lot of high-percentage shots, NDP kept Indians goalie Stephanie Petrides busy with 16 shots on goal. Petrides stopped 14 of them, but NDP broke through again in the 66th minute.

After attacking from the left side, McFadden switched fields when she spotted Alex Gibbons and freshman Julia Bouchelle, Zoey's sister and one of the Blazers' key additions, on the right.

"One of my teammates laid it off to me," McFadden said, "and I saw Julia and Alex making the run, so I just crossed it over there. Alex got a flick on it to Julia and she sent it perfectly."

The Indians (7-2, 2-1) have come from behind several times this season, but yesterday they could not recover from the early deficit as the Blazers continually beat them to loose balls.

"We usually hustle to every ball," IND midfielder Brittany Hadaway said, "but this game when we gave up the first goal, we kind of let down and we never got it back together."

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