Purce's hat trick keys Falcon win; Seton upsets No. 2 O'Connell
Midge Purce can flat-out run. The Good Counsel sophomore's short, quick strides eat up turf on the soccer field. Combine that speed with her teammates' passing ability and the ball just seems to find Purce's foot in dangerous positions. It certainly did Tuesday against No. 6 St. John's, as she scored on three point-blank tap-ins in a 3-0 win.
The victory pushed No. 1 Good Counsel to 5-0-0 and Purce has nine goals in those five games. This after leading the team with 19 as a freshman.
"I set a goal I wanted to achieve - I wanted to get into double digits and be leading scorer (both seasons)," Purce said.
She's well on her way after Tuesday. All three of her goals were eerily similar - like watching someone who just got TIVO toy with the "instant replay" feature. Each time she outran a defender to the far post and nudged in a well-timed crossing pass.
"I have a really good team behind me that's allowing me to score all these goals," Purce said. "People don't always see that."
Purce added that her faith in her teammates delivering the cross on time and on target only makes her run harder.
She also participates in track and said that her 400-meter time is in the 58 or 59-second range. But Good Counsel coach Jim Bruno said her talent is more than just pure speed.
"It's her soccer speed," Bruno said. "She knows where to go, she knows where to be - she's got that little computer in her head."
That computer seemed to send Purce instant messages every time St. John's had a defensive lapse. The Cadets had a 4-2 record coming into the game, including a sparkling 2-0 win against then-No. 1 Spalding.
But the inexperience of a team with no seniors showed at times against Good Counsel, and it took 10 saves by Kirsten Glad to keep it close.
"With a younger team it's often difficult to find your form," St. John's Coach Colin Lennon said. "That's our struggle right now - some games hot, some games cold."