Defense key for CCC

Published February 9, 2005

Beth Carey didn't score, didn't send that perfect pass to win the game and won't show up in the final statistics.

But her efforts on defense led Clearwater Central Catholic to the region final as the Marauders beat host Bishop Verot 3-2 on Tuesday night. Samantha Freedman scored the winner, a 35-yarder with under three minutes remaining to give the Marauders the lead. But it was Carey's defense that made the difference. CCC coach Tom Typrowicz assigned her to guard high-scoring Verot forward Angie Kuhn and Carey kept her in check all night.

"It's always hard to mark somebody," Typrowicz said. "Beth has the tenacity to stay on anyone wherever they go. She made (Kuhn) work hard and never let her near the ball."

Carey started the play that gave CCC the win.

With four minutes remaining in regulation, Carey made a play to open up the field on the offensive side, allowing Freedman to get off the winning shot.

The Marauders fell behind 1-0 early in the game, but goalkeeper Becky Thompson was tough the rest of the way. Just before the half, CCC scored two straight to take the lead. Ally Halverson stole a pass at midfield and drove to the goal, sliding it in to tie the score and, minutes later, Mallory Kimsey gave CCC the lead. Halverson drove downfield and fed Kimsey for the score.

Bishop Verot tied the game early in the second half to set the stage for Freedman's game-winner.

SPC stays close before falling

St. Petersburg Catholic kept it close, trailing only 1-0 late in the second half, before losing to host Boca Raton Pope John Paul II 3-0.

The score was 1-0 with seven minutes remaining when Kelly Tyrell knocked in an apparent tying goal for the Barons, but it was negated by a penalty. Pope John Paul II scored two quick goals to end the Barons' season.

"We played hard all night," St. Petersburg Catholic coach D'Arcy Clarie said. "We had eight freshmen starting and we are still happy with the way we played."