Goretti bruises Bulldogs late, 2-1

August 30, 1998|By DAN SPEARS

Everyone involved in the St. Maria Goretti-Martinsburg girls soccer game Saturday wanted to play the game again, but with one difference - put Martinsburg's Kristen Lough back in goal.

But that wasn't possible, and the Gaels scored twice in the last 15 minutes against Bulldogs freshman Jessica Barnes to take a 2-1 victory.

"This is a great win, but we'd like to play the whole thing with her (Lough) back there," Gaels coach Mike Bowers said. "I hope there's no hard feelings about what happened. It was just one of those things."

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In the 49th minute of a scoreless game, Goretti's Erin Ryan went in on Lough on a breakaway. The junior keeper came out and smothered the ball - and Ryan - and the two went down in a heap. Ryan got up; Lough did not.


The official asked Lough to get up, but she didn't, and was forced to leave the game when the referee stopped play. She never came back, and was taken to the hospital after the game for X-rays on her left (kicking) leg.

"We played an excellent game up to that point," Martinsburg coach Jim Skinner said. "It was just real unfortunate about Kristen, and then we lost. But we passed our first real test of the season."

After having four breakaways in the first half - but only getting one shot on goal - Martinsburg (1-1) found its rhythm in the 61st minute. Freshman Sarah Miller's breakaway shot was stopped by Janet McCullough, but senior Kate Messner deposited the rebound into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

It served as a wake-up call for the Gaels (2-0), who had been dominated in the offensive categories for most of the game.

"We adjusted after that," Bowers said. "We knew we had to put more shots on goal, test the other keeper."

Goretti's Allison Palank tied the game in the 65th minute on a 22-yard free kick on the left side of the box, and Erin Ryan won it in the 73rd minute, sliding one by a helpless Barnes off a feed from Palank and Sarah Ryan.

The goals were more effective because they came on such few trips to the net for the Gaels. Despite Lough's exit, an attacking Bulldog defense anchored by sweeper Kate Bonifant nearly let Martinsburg get out of town with the victory.

"She's our only senior back there," Skinner said. "She knows what to do, directs all the others out there. She took over late last year and has been solid ever since."

Saturday night, Skinner said Lough had only bruised her leg and would be out for 3-4 days.

So if Lough stays healthy, Bowers will get his wish. On Oct. 12, Goretti plays at Martinsburg.

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