Girls soccer | Cardinal Mooney outshoots Fort Myers Bishop Verot but loses region semifinal 6-1

jdill@bradenton.comJanuary 29, 2014 

SARASOTA -- After Cardinal Mooney's Class 2A-Region 3 semifinal, girls soccer head coach Graham Warne said he was happy with how the Cougars played.

Mooney (19-4) possessed the ball with great success and fired several shots at Fort Myers Bishop Verot keeper Kinzie Frey.

However, that recipe doesn't always add up to a victory.

And the Vikings displayed the clinical finishing in a 6-1 triumph Tuesday at John Heath Field at Austin Smithers Stadium.

"The scoreline does not do the game justice," Warne said. "I think (Tuesday) if they had 10 shots, they were lucky. And they scored six goals. They were very clinical in front of goal. ... I think I counted we had 32 shots in that game. ... We just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. And that's the thing. All that possession does you no good."

Verot scored three times on its four shots on goal in the first half.

The dagger was Rebecca Abernethy's one-on-one effort that rattled off Cougars keeper Lexi Barbour's fingertips and bounced across the goal line in the closing seconds of the period.

That goal zapped some momentum from Mooney, who cut the deficit to 2-1 off senior Anna Brusco's goal in the 33rd minute.

However, the Cougars still played their brand of soccer with pressure and possession to open the second half.

"The way we played, we had the possession of the game," Warne said. "I think our girls controlled the game, but the first goal was a bad goal to give up. … Some really soft goals. Possession, we controlled that whole game from start to finish. They hit us on the counterattack."

The Vikings reeled off three goals in the final 20 minutes of the match to seal the trip to the region finals Friday against the winner of Tampa Prep and Tampa Holy Names.

"We've had a tendency over the years to do just the opposite," Verot head coach Randy Zavada said. "We've had a tendency to take 20 shots and make two. So the girls were just prepared (Tuesday). We worked really hard on finishing, and worked on all the different scenarios that we would see. And I think the preparation showed."

The six goals allowed were the most conceded by Mooney this season, but the final two can be attributed to Warne playing just three defenders at the back during the last 15 minutes of the match as he looked for more attacking options.

Five seniors: Brusco, Gabby Ojeda, Jasmine Rosales, Hanna Macdevitt and Barbour depart from this year's team that racked up 15 clean sheets, while earning several 8-0 mercy rule victories along the way.

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