Sub comes up big in Wildcats' win

October 14, 1998


Williamsport vs. CatoctinBy CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

WILLIAMSPORT - What Brooke Jolliffe did may not be worthy of the lavish gifts offered by her teammates, but it sure made her coach look like a genius.

Shortly after being inserted into the game as a substitute by Williamsport girls soccer coach John Weimer, Jolliffe scored a pair of goals within 60 seconds to erase a 1-0 deficit and spark the Wildcats to an 8-2 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win over Catoctin, keeping Williamsport undefeated for the season.

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"I can't describe it," said Jolliffe, who had scored just three goals all year before Tuesday night. "Everybody came at me saying good job, good job; they said they would buy me a car; anything I wanted. Some of them were crying. I think it brought everybody up on the team; made them want to play, want to win."


Williamsport (9-0-1, 6-0-1), after Jolliffe's goals, outscored the Cougars 6-1 the rest of the way to breeze to the win.

Stephanie Ritchie picked up where Jolliffe left off, scoring a pair of goals within three minutes late in the first half to send Williamsport into the intermission with a 4-2 advantage.

The Wildcats played tentatively to open the game, and Catoctin (4-6, 1-4) took advantage with a Cyndi Benjamin goal from 20 yards out off an assist by Kelly Hinchcliff in the 16th minute.

But Jolliffe responded with a goal from the right side that sneaked into the left corner of the net to tie it 1-1. Then she put Williamsport ahead to stay on a Skyler Sanders throw-in that was headed by Shannon Smiles directly in front of Jolliffe. She booted it into the net in the 22nd minute.

"I think we were afraid to make a mistake (early in the game)," said Weimer. "We have to force the action and go to the ball. We started going to the ball (after Jolliffe's goals), and that was the key to the game."

After Ritchie's first score, Mary Coulby responded with a goal for Catoctin on an assist by Benjamin to cut the lead to 3-2 before Ritchie's second goal in the 37th minute.

Emily Shirk made it 5-2 in the fourth minute of the second half, with Brooke Weimer scoring the next two goals for a 7-2 lead. Jenny Wade finished the scoring when Catoctin goalie Ginny Rowley slipped, leaving the net wide open.

Williamsport played brilliantly defensively in the second half, limiting the Cougars to two shots on goal in the second half, the first of which was taken in the 33rd minute.

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