Marion rallies to eliminate Boyle girls 3-2

October 22, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

LANCASTER - Marion County dominated the second half and erased Boyle County's 2-0 lead with a hat trick by senior Laura Swencki to win 3-2 in the 29th District Tournament semifinals here Thursday.

Boyle (10-8-1) scored twice in the first 13:18, but Marion cut the Rebels' lead in half before halftime and barely let them shoot in the second half.

"This one's going to hurt, but this will teach our young girls some things," Boyle coach Brian Deem said.

The Knights (10-5) outshot Boyle 22-11 overall and 10-5 in the second half, tying the game when Swencki chipped a 25-yard shot over Boyle goalkeeper Lydia Hignite, who had 19 saves, with 29:05 remaining and taking the lead when she scored on a direct kick from the left corner of the penalty box with 13:39 to play.

"We just didn't have an answer for her," Deem said.

Deem said Boyle was also unable to answer when Marion made an adjustment on the fly in the first half.


"They overloaded up top, and it really caught our backs up top and confused them a little bit," he said.

The Rebels were also largely unsuccessful in trying to push the ball toward forward Sarah Hall.

"We were unable to get through balls off from midfield quick enough," Deem said.

Hall scored Boyle's first goal 2:58 into the game, firing from the left side off a pass from Leah Missik. She made it 2-0 with a shot from right of the net with 26:42 left in the first half.

She got only four shots after that, three of which came in a rapid-fire sequence that represented the Rebels' best scoring chance of the second half. Just after the midpoint of the half, Hall hit the post with a shot from 15 yards, Erika Adams' attempt to put in the rebound was stopped by Marion goalkeeper Katie O'Daniel, and another follow-up by Hall was also stopped.

Hall had all but two of Boyle's 12 shots, while Swencki took 17 shots for Marion.

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