Lizzie Rupp was just trying to make a crossing pass. The St. Stephen's/St. Agnes forward was too far right of the goal and too close to the end line to have a clear shot, so she lunged and smacked the ball toward the far post. But somehow her pass became a shot, and it ended up in the back of the cage.
Rupp's first-half goal provided the winning margin in the top-ranked Saints' 2-1 home victory over Foxcroft yesterday in an Independent School League field hockey game. St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (8-1, 5-0) extended its winning streak to seven games.
"Basically, I was trying to cross it in somehow," Rupp said. "I just dove and it went in."
Saints forward Micaela O'Toole scored the game's first goal with 18 minutes 49 seconds left in the first half by knocking in a loose ball. Rupp scored less than four minutes later, which allowed the Saints to withstand a rally by Foxcroft (2-1-1, 2-1-1) in the final two minutes.
"We wanted to control the midfield and then get the ball out to our wings, who have got good speed out there," Saints Coach Marsha Way said. "We were able to do that."
Brogan Scores Three
Georgetown Visitation's Mary Pat Brogan didn't enter her team's girls' soccer game until the 25th minute, but she made quite an impact in the time remaining.
The junior, who had scored one goal this season entering yesterday, scored three times as Georgetown Visitation defeated visiting Holy Child, 5-1, to improve to 7-2-2, 5-0-0 in the ISL's AA Division.
"That was a breakout game for her," Coach Zeff Yusof said of Brogan, who led the junior varsity team in scoring as a freshman. "We've been waiting for this moment from her to show the potential she showed as a freshman."
Fortkort Leads Flint Hill
Julia Fortkort scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Stone Ridge, helping the Flint Hill girls' soccer team remain unbeaten at 6-0-2, 3-0-0 in the ISL's A Division.
Fortkort, a freshman, has nine goals this season.
"I knew that she was a great player when she was coming through middle school, but I didn't know that she would be as dominant as she has been," Coach Jennifer Grubb said. "She's been a tremendous surprise for us."
A Prince of a Player
Prince Lapnet scored three goals as the Carroll boys' soccer team shut out Bishop McNamara, 4-0.
Lapnet, a sophomore midfielder-forward, has five goals and five assists in his first season with Carroll after playing at Blair as a freshman.
"He's made a big impact on a couple of fronts," Carroll Coach Glen Diaz said. "Definitely scoring and assists, but also helping us control the midfield."