Bridget Patch leads St. John the Baptist to state title game

St. John the Baptist head coach Shannon Keenan

St. John the Baptist head coach Shannon Keenan speaks to her team during halftime against St. Anthony's in a CHSAA girls soccer game. (Oct. 16, 2013) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Bridget Patch scored two goals in St. John the Baptist's 5-1 victory over Christ the King in a state CHSAA Class AA girls soccer semifinal Saturday. St. John the Baptist (11-1-4) will play for the state title Sunday against Kennedy Catholic at Aviator Field in Brooklyn at 11:30 a.m.

Patch opened the scoring in the fifth minute off a cross from Sam Bernieri. Bernieri handled a corner kick from Giana Giruox and fed it to Patch, who knocked the ball into the center of the net.

"It gave us control of the game," coach John Stalzer said. "We held possession for most of the game. We were going into a driving wind and wanted to score early."


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Stephanie Sheridan scored in the 29th minute to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead. According to Stalzer, the ball touched "between seven or eight players" before Patch controlled it on the top of the box. She shot it across the goal mouth and Sheridan, streaking in from the wing, put it into the right side of the net.

"[Sheridan's] one of our super-subs who comes in to add a spark off the bench," Stalzer said. "She adds a lot off the bench."

Colleen Hickey made four saves. "She didn't have much to do," Stalzer said. "Most of the game was spent in the attacking zone."

The attacking zone is where the Cougars like it.

"We like to push the ball forward and put the ball in their defensive half," Stalzer said.

Now, only one win stands between Stalzer's squad and a state title.

"The mood is very upbeat with great energy," he said. "We want to complete what's already been a great run."

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