Freshman-led J. Carroll nips NDP, 2-1, rises to 13-0

Carey sets up first goal, then scores in 64th minute

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 15, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Freshman duties for John Carroll striker Allyson Carey include cleaning up around the bench and taking back the medical kit.

With the No. 1 Patriots up against defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champ Notre Dame Prep in Bel Air yesterday, Carey found a much bigger way to contribute.

Her header in the 64th minute off a corner kick served by senior midfielder Jamie Zimmerman proved to be the game-winner as the Patriots took a tightly-contested, 2-1 win from the No. 4 Blazers in a rematch of last year's league championship game.

She also assisted on Allison Humphries' first-half goal, which gave the Patriots a 1-0 lead.

The victory kept John Carroll perfect for the season with a 13-0 mark - 7-0 in the conference. Notre Dame Prep fell to 7-3 overall and 6-2 in league play.

Ten minutes before Carey scored, Notre Dame Prep freshman midfielder Julia Bouchelle had tied the score at 1 with a neatly-place shot to the right corner from 12 yards.

But then Carey perfectly timed a run, got above everybody else and emphatically beat Notre Dame Prep goalkeeper Kristine Karkoska.

"I saw the ball coming and knew that somebody had to put it in, and it wasn't going to go past me because I was in a real good position," Carey said. "So I got up top, above it, and headed it down, and then all my teammates came running to me and hugging me. I can't explain it better than that. It just felt awesome."

Yesterday's regular-season game didn't have the same offensive fireworks of last year's championship game - a 5-4 double-overtime win by the Blazers. But both games were similar in how evenly they were played.

That left a strong impression that the same two teams will likely find themselves the same place they were last season, come playoff time.

"John Carroll always plays 100 percent, so we knew what it was going to take," said Notre Dame Prep coach Chris Lopez. "A couple of things went their way. A couple things didn't go our way. They played a great game - you can't take anything away from them. But I thought this was about as even as a game gets."

Carey, who said she watched last year's championship game, now has a different view of the strong rivalry that has developed between the teams.

"I was there last year, screaming, `Come on, come on,'" she said. "And now it feels like I'm an asset to the team, and that's all I wanted."

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