Lone goal not enough for Hurricanes

Of some consolation, Bishop McLaughlin finally scores against nemesis.

Published January 17, 2007

SPRING HILL - Bishop McLaughlin has yet to beat Cambridge, but now has at least scored on its district rival.

Cambridge 16-2 defeated host Bishop McLaughlin 3-1 in Tuesday's semifinals. The Lancers advance to Friday's title game at 4 against top seed Tampa Prep.

"It was encouraging that we finally got a goal against them," Bishop McLaughlin coach Mike Zelenka said. "To face them again and to put on the showing we did, there's nothing to hang our heads about."

"They really caught us off-guard with their tenacity to the ball," Cambridge coach John Mendoza said. "We didn't think we'd be in the dogfight that we were in."

Cambridge, which had held Bishop McLaughlin (7-6-3) scoreless in five previous meetings, broke open a close game with two second-half goals by Malissa Gallogly.

The teams traded goals in the first half with the Hurricanes' Erica Houseman blasting a ball high into the left corner on a turnaround shot and the Lancers' Molly Ennis scoring from 25 yards out.

Cambridge keeper Alexis Caruso made three saves while Bishop McLaughlin's Jenna Palamaro made 10 and Molli Gard three.

Palamaro, a center-midfielder, started in place of Gard, who twisted her left ankle at practice Friday. Palamaro allowed three goals before being replaced by Gard late in the second half.

Tampa Prep defeated Cambridge in last season's district final and advanced to a region final. Cambridge bowed out in a region quarterfinal.

Steve Lee can be reached at lee@sptimes.com or (352) 521-6517.