Mallory Pappas

Glenelg Country's Mallory Pappas fires a shot on goal between several St. John's defenders during their game Saturday. Pappas finished with three goals and an assist and the Dragons went on to win, 12-10. (Photo by Noah Scialom / April 20, 2013)

After receiving a yellow card for taking a dangerous shot, Glenelg Country School’s Nicole Rieu was seeing red. She turned her frustration into a positive force, however, scoring four goals and leading her team to a 12-10 victory over St. John’s Catholic Prep on Saturday.

The two teams had played five days earlier at St. John’s with the Vikings winning, 13-12.

 “We were all pretty angry after the last game,” Rieu said. “Something went wrong with the clock (at the end) and the officials put 7 seconds back on and St. John’s won. We knew we had to win today.”

Glenelg Country School did it the hard way.

First, the Dragons were playing without any substitutes — Marissa Burks sprained her ankle in a loss to Seton Keough.

Then when Glenelg Country received its fourth yellow card, the Dragons had to play a man down the last 5 minutes of the game.

“We’re a man down and we win,” said Glenelg Country coach Paige Walton. “And we scored when we were a man down.”

A three-goal scoring burst helped the Dragons pull away from a 4-4 tie in the first half. That flurry gave the team confidence going into the second half.

The Dragons’ defense, led by goalie Cameron Baumgardner (11 saves), KevynAnn Jorgenson, Megan Hooper and Rieu, held St. John’s at bay early in the second half. Meanwhile, goals by Lizzie Rice and Mallory Pappas gave the team a 9-5 lead.

Beth Ann Pierce scored three of her four goals as St. John’s tied the score, 9-all.

Rieu cashed in on two shots and Lauren Smith added another score to put Glenelg Country out in front, 12-9, with less than 5 minutes remaining. The three-goal cushion proved to be adequate.

Determination and motivation were keys for the Dragons.

“We knew we had to possess the ball, passes and catches were so key in this game,” Pappas said.

St. John’s pressured, but could not completely close the gap.

“To the end we never gave up,” Pierce said. “We came back from a small deficit. I think if we had more time on the clock we could have come back. We were almost there.”

Glenelg Country 12, St. John’s 10

Goals: GCS – Nicole Rieu 4, Mallory Pappas 3, Lauren Smith 2, Jennifer Rushe 2, Lizzie Rice. SJ:  Beth Ann Pierce 4, Maggie Nelson 2, Shannon Greene 2, Megan Breen.

Assists: GCS – Mallory Pappas. SJ – none.

Saves: GCS – Cameron Baumgardner 11. ST – Christine Hagen 10.

Halftime: Glenelg Country, 7-5.