No. 1 Cavaliers end Pats' streak

Vereb, Jones score as Spalding ends long layoff with 2-0 soccer win over John Carroll

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If there were ever a time when the Archbishop Spalding girls soccer team would finally surrender some ground, yesterday's visit to John Carroll seemed a likely possibility.

Consider: The No. 1 Cavaliers hadn't played a game in 11 days, and their welcome back was a contest against the defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champ Patriots, who have made a recent charge to No. 2 with nine straight wins.

But the Cavaliers - more precise on attack and much sturdier in back - still haven't budged, getting goals in each half for a 2-0 win.

Kelly Vereb and Ali Jones scored the goals, while organized play in the back led the Cavaliers (10-2, 7-0 in IAAM) to their eighth straight shutout and ninth overall. John Carroll (10-4) dropped to 7-2 in the league.

"I thought the teams were equal between the 18s, but I thought they were better inside both the 18s than us," John Carroll coach Gary Lynch said. "Their defense was better than our offense, and their offense was better than our defense. That's where they won the game."

Vereb, a senior captain, produced her second straight game-winning goal with a tireless effort late in the first half.

She headed a ball high from 14 yards that John Carroll keeper Sarah Mosier punched off the crossbar. But Vereb followed up on her chance, finishing from in close for a 1-0 lead.

Jones secured the win midway through the second half with a shot from 15 yards off a feed from Meghan Rowland. Strong efforts came from Jennah Yunger and Christine Nairn in the middle, with freshman Erica Page providing tireless work up front to create scoring chances.

"They're still right there with us," Spalding coach Bob Dieterle said. "It was a tough game."

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