No. 1 John Carroll edges McDonogh

Patriots get defensive in 2-1 win

Zimmerman has 2 assists against No. 4

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 06, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Yesterday's showdown between the No. 1 John Carroll girls soccer team and No. 4 McDonogh seemed destined to be a blistering shootout. After all, the game featured the three highest scoring players in the metro area - John Carroll's Ashley Myers and Jamie Zimmerman and McDonogh's Brittany Tegeler, who have combined for 33 goals this season.

Instead, the game took a more defensive turn and none of those All-Metro players managed a goal as unbeaten John Carroll came from behind to take a 2-1 victory in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.

Each team marked the other's scoring ace - John Carroll's Christine Luongo on Tegeler, the area's leading scorer with 11 goals and 10 assists, and McDonogh's Kirstyn Atkinson on Myers, who has 14 goals and three assists.

While Zimmerman did not score a goal, she assisted on both John Carroll goals. Both came after failed clears during stretches when the visiting Patriots were attacking aggressively. When the ball caromed out to Zimmerman, she spotted a player in the middle and sent the ball in.

Rachel Layer scored the first Patriots goal in the 62nd minute with a quick shot just beyond Eagles goalie Julie Kafka's reach. In the 71st minute, Melissa Gomes took a similar pass from Zimmerman out in front of her defender and shot the ball off the left post into the net.

"We talked at halftime," said Zimmerman, "about making runs, when Ashley is pulling players away to make that back run behind her. We really listened and put it together."

For much of the first half, the Patriots' attack struggled with a sharp McDonogh defense that smothered Myers every time she got the ball.

"She's great in tight spaces and we wanted to double-team when we could," said McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan Jr. "She likes to hold the ball, and when you're a forward and you hold the ball, you're going to attract a crowd."

One of the few mistakes the Eagles' defense made in the first half left Gomes open about 15 yards in front of the goal. Kafka made a terrific diving save on her shot, keeping the game scoreless at the 17-minute mark.

Two minutes later, the Eagles took the lead on a perfectly-placed Alex Sher shot. The ball ricocheted off Chante Sandiford as the Patriots tried to clear an Eagles corner kick and Sher nailed the rebound to the upper left corner.

The Patriots (10-0, 4-0 A Conference) held the Eagles (8-3, 3-2) to just one shot through the first 31 minutes of the second half. The Eagles, however, turned it on in the waning minutes as Tegeler and Becky Cox just missed attempts and Patriots goalie Angie Gaeta saved a shot from Lauren Trosch.

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