Catonsville High got started slowly offensively, but they let the defense and midfield take control until the attack struck with two goals in the final 15:25 of a 2-0 victory over visiting Mount de Sales Wednesday evening.
Sophomore Jennifer Nonn scored the first goal when she drilled a ball from 17 yards out after a great lead pass from senior Deb Milani.
“Deb and I told each other before the second half we needed to get a goal and she finds me and I find her, so whatever it takes we had to get a goal,” Nonn said. “Me and her really do work well together.”
Milani’s ball was set up by a pass from Claudia Flister.
The Sailors picked up their offensive intensity after they fell behind and got shots from Jessica Jurney, Jacqueline Clauser, Stephanie Arnold and Jesse Dubyoski in the final 15 minutes, but they couldn’t net the equalizer against the stingy defense of wingbacks Anna Higdon and Katie Viets and inside defenders Lauren Vogelpohl and Renee Gast and goalie Natalie Croom (5 saves).
“in the last 10 to 15 minutes, we changed to a more direct game to try and get back the equalizer,” said Mount de Sales coach James Dubyoski, who wasn’t upset with the game plan for the first 75 minutes. “We are trying to play our game against good teams and they are a good team.”
Milani added an insurance rebound goal for Catonsville with 40 seconds left after Nonn’s shot was stopped by keeper Sydney Hunter and Deanna Eveland’s shot was repelled by a defender.
The Comets improved to 4-0 overall and avenged a 2-1 loss to the Sailors last season.
“There was a certain vindication to it because they were the only team we lost to last year besides Perry Hall,” said coach James Fitzpatrick, whose Comets lost three times to Perry Hall when they went 12-4.
The Gators defeated the Comets in the Baltimore County and Class 4A North Region championship games last season.
The two teams will meet for the first time on Monday, Sept. 24 at 3:45 p.m.
“We just knew we had to play really hard (against de Sales) and at the beginning we didn’t really play that hard, but we knew we had to get ready for Perry Hall,” Nonn said.