Shorecrest gets defensive, clips Shorewood

  • By Tony Dondero Enterprise reporter
  • Wednesday, October 29, 2008 2:00pm

SHORELINE

Shorewood stepped up its attack in the second half but Caroline Towles and the Shorecrest defense denied the Thunderbirds a chance to come back.

In a Western Conference South Division game between crosstown rivals, Shorecrest emerged with a 1-0 win thanks to a late first half goal by forward Agen Heffernan.

Shorewood launched 14 shots in the game, 10 in the second half but could not get one past Towles who made four saves in the second half.

Shorewood’s best chances came in a three-minute period early in the second half.

Forward Ashleigh Marchant dribbled down the right sideline on a breakaway but her shot went right to Towles at the near post. Shorewood’s Lisa Santroch booted a pair of back-to-back corner kicks a minute later but Shorecrest escaped a loose ball in the goal box that got away from Towles and a shot that went wide left.

“Shorewood they pressed hard, they did not let up one second,” Towles said. “We got one lucky breakaway at the end of the first half and we were just able to finish. Props to Agen.”

“Our defense stayed strong,” Towles said. “We didn’t let up a second. We stayed tight on our marks the whole time.”

Shorecrest played a four-defender, five midfielder, and one forward formation to slow down Shorewood’s offense.

“We packed it in and played defensive and just went for the win,” Shorecrest coach Mindy Dalziel said. “We didn’t care how ugly it was.”

Shorewood beat Shorecrest 3-0 on Sept. 23 in a nonconference game, but the rematch was a different story.

“The first goal they scored was the first goal that was scored on us all year,” Heffernan said. “And we didn’t know how to compose ourselves. We’ve worked hard defensively to make sure that doesn’t happen and we’ve come a long way.”

Shorewood coach Nathan Davis said it came down to not being able to finish for the T-birds.

“They did a good job marking up on our fast girls up top,” Davis said, mentioning the Scots had a player chase Marchant around the whole game. “Our girls, they’re working hard, they’re just a little frustrated right now.”

Shorecrest, only had four shots in the game, but converted its first scoring opportunity when forward Ashley Desharnais’ cross slipped through the Shorewood defense in the 39th minute. The ball hit off a couple players before Heffernan collected the rebound and booted it into the left corner of the net to give Shorecrest the only goal of the game.

“We scored on a transition goal and there are a couple games where we lost 1-0 on exactly the same type of goal,” Dalziel said. “So for us to score on one like that was perfect.”

Shorewood missed its top defender, senior Dominique Amor, who was out with a groin injury. She is expected back for the T-birds’ next game against Mariner.

“Matreya (Vanous, who started the game) plays well back there,” Davis said. “Dom probably would’ve played in the middle today. Her leadership is nice to have.

Shorecrest improved to 5-2 in the Wesco South and 9-3-2 overall. Shorewood fell to 3-3-1 and 9-3-2.

Shorecrest rallied for a 2-1 over Glacier Peak on Tuesday, Oct. 21 and to get a second big win in a row was huge, Towles said.

“I think this week my team’s figured out how to win close games and to dig in and find opportunities and trust their teammates,” Dalziel said.

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