Prior to halftime of last night's Potomac School's 3-1 victory over seventh-ranked Paul VI Catholic in a girls soccer game in Fairfax, Potomac School senior forward Fontaine Marcoux was comfortable letting sophomore sensation Jenna Linden score the goals and attract the undivided attention of opposing defenders.
But with an ailing and struggling Linden neutralized by the aggressive play of Paul VI sweeper Michele Brady and with an offense unable to sustain any pressure, Potomac School Coach Bob Johnson decided to give Marcoux the green light in the second half.
It was a move that made all the difference. Marcoux terrorized Paul VI's defense with her pace and strength as the third-ranked McLean school scored three goals in twenty minutes to capture the interconference matchup of private school powers.
Potomac School improved to 6-0-2. Paul VI dropped to 11-2-2.
"We talked at halftime about our forwards playing all across the field and not just in one area," Johnson said. "They did that in the second half and took advantage of their opportunities."
With the score tied at 1 in the second half, Marcoux replaced Linden in the lineup, and used her speed and energy to run Paul VI's defense ragged. In the 50th minute, Marcoux retreated almost 40 yards from the Paul VI goal, where she settled the ball along the left sideline, turned past two defenders, and sprinted untouched toward the net to finish inside the left post and give Potomac School a 2-1 advantage.
It was her first goal of the season. Nine minutes later, she assisted senior midfielder Katherine Twomey, who one-timed it into the upper-right corner of the net.
"We pushed forward a lot more in the second half," Marcoux said.
Potomac School (6-0-2) 0 3 3
Paul VI Catholic (11-2-2) 1 0 1
GOALS: PS -- Petersmeyer 41st, Marcoux 50th, Twomey 59th; PVI -- Sampson 27th.
ASSISTS: PS -- Marcoux; PVI -- Phillips.
SHOTS: PS -- 13; PVI -- 10.
SAVES: PS -- Smith 2; PVI -- Kirven 7.