Our Lady of Mercy scores 3 in second half to win CHSAA Class A title
Related mediaHigh school girls soccer videos Past girls soccer champions High school girls soccer blog posts College commitments Recent HS sports photos
Our Lady of Mercy girls soccer coach Dick Hogan said there was no panic in his team during Wednesday's CHSAA Class A championship game against Holy Trinity.
Despite splitting the two-game regular-season series and playing the Titans to a scoreless first-half tie, Hogan was sure his team would play well in the second half.
Hogan's confidence was validated as Annie Brozek, Emma Glynn and Rebecca Walsh each scored a goal for the Lady Mustangs in a 3-0 win over the visiting Titans.
FACEBOOK: Like us at facebook.com/NewsdayHSSports for videos, photos, stats and more.
It was the fourth straight Class A title for OLMA.
"There wasn't any panic," Hogan said. "We just restated what we wanted to do at halftime."
Brozek scored on a feed from Ashley Scoyni with 22:10 left in the game to give OLMA (12-6-3) a 1-0 lead.
Glynn scored off a pass from Kaitlyn Vitale in the 71st minute and Shannon Brady fed Walsh for a goal with 5:20 left to provide the final margin.
Hogan noted the play of his team's defenders.
"Mackenzie Earley and Liz Stiles are only sophomores," Hogan said. "They did a tremendous job.
"Gina Cacchioli and Mary Beth Cassaro were my other defenders who played great, too."
The combined play of the four made it easier on goalkeeper Jenn Sparacino, who had seven saves.
"The girls understand for us to succeed it has to be a team effort. They have to be all in," said Hogan, "and they bought into that all year."