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Goretti tops Smithsburg

September 28, 2000

Goretti tops Smithsburg



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


St. Maria Goretti defender Emmy Vollmer said she had "the scariest moment of her life" clearing a shot off her own goal line in the first half of Thursday's match against Smithsburg.

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"We played up to them, at times even better," said Smithsburg coach Richard Daughtridge said. "I don't think their team is better, but they finished better."

The Leopards scored first when Kyley Thompson lofted one over Goretti keeper Lauren Costello from a ridiculously sharp angle in the 17th minute. Barely 60 seconds later, though, Goretti (9-0-1) tied it when Bobbie Johnson's drive from 15 yards barely tipped off the hands of Lauren Church and into the top of the net.

After that, the frustration was obvious. The Leopards (5-3) would string five or six passes together, only to see the most important one intercepted by the Goretti defense. When the passes did get through, the shots were just missing the net.

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The biggest disappointment for the Leopards came three minutes before halftime. After a nice buildup, Costello tipped a looping Smithsburg shot off the crossbar, and the rebound hit Thompson directly in the chest and passed Costello, headed for the net. But Vollmer rushed in from the left and cleared it just before it went into the net.

"My defense is always saving me," Costello said. "They've always got my back."

The crossbar also had Costello's back for a second time in the 56th minute, when Alyson Daughtridge hit it square from 16 yards out and the rebound just missed Morgan Church.

The near-misses intensified even more when Goretti's Meggan McGill found the back of the net in the 63rd minute to take the lead back. It was the Gaels' only true chance of the second half, and they had converted.

"It's just a system out there, and the girls know it well," Goretti coach Victor Della Mea said. "Everybody tends to take care of themselves. ... But Smithsburg showed themselves well. After yesterday (a 2-1 loss to Williamsport) they could have been out of it emotionally."

But the Leopards' frustration showed in the next five minutes. Costello came out of her net to barely stop a Smithsburg run in the 70th minute. Two minutes later, Daughtridge sent a free kick inches over the bar, and on the buildup after the ensuing goal kick, Daughtridge hit the post and the shot caromed off Costello from 20 yards away.

"It has to be frustrating for the girls," Richard Daughtridge said of his team's third straight loss. "We came out like a hurricane this year, and then you get a couple like this. The weather dealt us a rough hand, but this season isn't over yet."

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