John Carroll stuns No. 1 Spalding in final

IAAM soccer

High Schools

November 07, 2005|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

Down a goal late against an Archbishop Spalding team that had surrendered only two throughout its Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference soccer schedule, defending league champ John Carroll looked to be on the verge of passing the torch.

Not so fast.

The No. 4 Patriots got a tying goal from Melissa Gomes with less than seven minutes to play yesterday at Calvert Hall. Then they turned the game over to sophomore goalkeeper Sara Mosier when the championship came down to penalty kicks.

Mosier made two diving saves to her left and scored on her chance, leading the Patriots to a second straight IAAM A Conference crown. The Patriots won the shootout 3-2 over the No. 1 Cavaliers after they finished 100 minutes of play tied 1-1. Emily Horwath and Jessica Hnatiuk also scored in the shootout for John Carroll.

"This feels amazing," said Mosier. "I was nervous when I first went into [the shootout], but I just took a deep breath, put it in my mind and went for it. Every ball I just put my whole heart into it."

Stocked with senior talent last season, the Patriots were expected to win. This season, however, was a constant work in progress that found the same end result. The Patriots (14-6) avenged a 2-0 loss to the Cavaliers (17-3) at home during the regular season.

"We had the right players; we just didn't have them in the right positions at first. And then when we got them in the right positions, there was a whole lot more to work on this year than there was last year. It was fun," said John Carroll coach Gary Lynch.

The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead early in the second half when sophomore Christine Nairn scored on a penalty after being taken down in the penalty area. John Carroll, which pressed late for the equalizer, was also awarded a penalty kick when a Spalding defender handled the ball on the goal line. Gomes neatly placed a shot to right corner to send the game into overtime.

The loss doesn't diminish a fine season from the Cavaliers, who took over the top spot in the metro area poll in the second week and stayed there throughout. They were 10-0 in the league during the regular season.

B Conference -- Severn (17-2) took control early, taking a 3-0 halftime lead in beating Maryvale, 4-2. Sophomore forward Alex Priddy was the offensive catalyst with three goals and an assist. Emmie Eckert provided the other goal. Priddy finished the season with 29 goals, and Eckert had 21 as the B Conference's top scoring tandem. "You can try to shut one of them down, but you can't shut them both down. They just feed off each other so well, and neither would be as successful without the other. They get after everything," said Severn coach Adam Ritchie. Maryvale got both goals from Sam Voelker. Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Mather had 15 saves.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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