Murphey sparks F. S. Key, 2-1


Francis Scott Key senior midfielder Erin Murphey had had enough.

After seeing the Eagles dominate visiting Catoctin for the first 29 minutes of yesterday's girls soccer match only to come up empty, Murphey took matters into her own hands -- or rather her own right foot.

Murphey dribbled past two Catoctin defenders and sent a hard shot past Catoctin goalie Shannon Warner to give the Eagles a 1-goal lead with 10:40 left in the first half.

It was a lead the Eagles never relinquished, as they went on to post a 2-1 win and avenge an earlier loss to their Washington County rival.

The win improved the Eagles' record to 4-7 and put them at 2-2 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League with one league game remaining against Walkersville of Frederick County.

"Last year we had Erin playing wing, but we felt we had to get her around the ball more often, so we put her at center midfield and she's responded very well," said Key coach Joe Linthicum.

"Every time you look down at the ball, it seemed Erin Murphey was there. She really has the ability to dominate a game and did that today."

Murphey also figured in the Eagles' second goal, which came three minutes after the first. Sophomore Carrie Ryer took Murphey's corner kick and deposited in the Catoctin net for a 2-0 lead.

Key outplayed and outshot Catoctin in the first half and could have had a bigger lead. In all, it had a 15-5 advantage in shots and five corner kicks to Catoctin's none.

It was a different game for the first 10 minutes of the second half, with Catoctin (3-7) applying most of the pressure. But Key regrouped and stayed ahead. The Cougars' Nikki Lewis dribbled in alone against Key goalie Amber Grimes with 5:37 left and scored to spoil the Eagles' shutout.

"The first half we came out and really dominated and I was hoping we could have put a few more on the board," Linthicum said.

"Then we came out a little flat in the second half. It looked like we were playing not to lose with the two-goal lead."

Key finished the contest with a 26-16 edge in shots with Grimes recording nine saves -- the biggest coming with 22:45 left in the game on a diving stop against Catoctin sophomore Jessie McIlrath.

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