ASTON — Only one game separated Archbishop Carroll and Bonner-Prendergast in the Philadelphia Catholic League girls soccer standings heading into last weekend. When the teams met on the field, the gap between them was much larger.
Carroll's 2013 PCL game against Bonner-Prendergast took place Sunday afternoon as part of the Lacey Gallagher Classic College Showcase at Neumann University. The Patriots dominated the game and defeated Prendy 2-0.
The Patriots, who logged their first shutout of the season, got on the board with just over seven minutes elapsed in the game when Melissa Stahl scored on a well-struck ball from the outside on the left flank.
"Bella (Sorrentino) passed me the ball at the top of the 18 (yard box),' said Stahl, a junior midfielder who also plays club soccer for Philadelphia Coppa 96. "I took a touch around the defender in front of me and just hit the ball.
"I didn't see where their goalie was when I shot with my left foot. But, from what I saw in warm-ups, it didn't look like she could jump. She could get the low stuff but couldn't jump for the high stuff.'
The Patriots launched six shots in the first half that were solid scoring attempts and, at the same time, limited the Pandas to just one. But, the score at halftime was just 1-0.
Early in the second half, the Patriots tested Bonner-Prenderdgast goalie Miranda Corrigan with another high shot and the result was another goal. This time, it was Sorrentino netting the goal.
"Melissa (Stahl) had the ball on the outside left and passed it in to Monica (Clark),' said Sorrentino, a freshman who also plays club soccer for Pennsylvania Rush. "I shot it with my right foot. It was a one-time shot. I figured I could catch the goalie by surprise.'
Bonner-Prendergast did manage to get a few shots on goal in the second half but Patriot goalie Alex Varricchio was up to the task. Carroll logged more than twice as many shots than Prendy after intermission but still finished with just one goal in the 40-minute period.
Carroll's defense, meanwhile, was very effective — and extremely stingy.
"They had a couple fast forwards,' said Carroll's standout sweeper Jordan Barth. "But, our marking was pretty good. They'd slow down and pick their head up so we knew it was going outside to their fast forwards.'
Barth and her teammates on Carroll's backline were able to neutralize Prendy's right-side attack that featured speedsters Christmas White and Kayla Butts.
"When Prendy tried to send the ball outside, we were there to intercept their passes,' said Barth, a tall (6-0) and talented junior who also plays club soccer for F.C. Continental. "We had a good game all around. We have a very young team. We've been close since the beginning and we keep getting better.'
Archbishop Carroll's noon game Sunday was the second of five played on Neumann's turf field as part of the Lacey Gallagher Classic College Showcase.
Other matchups featured Cardinal O'Hara against Neumann-Goretti, Hallahan against Bishop McDevitt, Penn Charter against St. Hubert's and Archbishop Wood against Conwell-Egan.