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No. 2 Jefferson storms past Gaels to win

September 14, 1999|By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

The clouds over Hagerstown Tuesday afternoon became an omen for the St. Maria Goretti girls soccer team on the way to a 4-1 loss to Jefferson.

Both teams were in an offensive fog early in the first period as they combined for only eight shots on goal. The No. 2 Cougars managed to build a 2-0 lead, however, on Jenniffer Russell's two scores, the second coming off an assist from Amy Edwards two minutes before intermission.

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"Jenniffer Russell's a very good player, one of the best around," said Goretti coach Victor Della Mea, "They played a real good first half, but in the second half, I think we played much better and stayed pretty even."

Most of the first half play took place at midfield with strong Jefferson defense and Goretti errors combining for a bleak forecast for the Gaels (3-2).

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The second half began much as the first with most of the action between the boxes until the relentless Cougars (6-2) broke through for another score.

In the 49th minute, Ellen Brosh passed from the right corner to Lindsay Edwards just inside the box and Edwards lofted the ball just over the outstretched arms of keeper Janet McCullough for a 3-0 lead.

And the Gaels were finding no way through the Jefferson defense.

"They are a veteran team," Della Mea said. "(Jessica) Skarzinski cleared everything up for them in front of the goal and their keeper (Beth Walsh) stepped up on a couple nice saves."

Goretti broke through in the second half when Bobbi Johnson passed to Erin Ryan in front of the goal and Ryan popped it in from six yards out.

But Brosh dimmed Goretti's hopes midway through the final period when she drove the ball into the right corner of the net off an assist from Nora Burke.

"I think we dominated the whole game, especially the first half," said Jefferson coach Tammy Miller. "We outshot them and basically outplayed them. We just had the touches and the passes and that allowed us to get more shots on goal."

"This was a typical high school game," said Della Mea. "The team that controls the midfield controls the game."

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