HOLMDEL – Red Bank Catholic head coach Frank Lawrence talked with his junior forward Sophie Demurjian on Wednesday about finishing, more specifically on placing the ball when getting behind an opponent’s backline with just the keeper to beat.
On Thursday afternoon that talk paid off, after Demurjian was played a perfect through ball from teammate Jyllissa Harris in the second half of a NJSIAA Non-Public South A quarterfinal game against St. John Vianney.
Demurjian got behind the Lancer defenders, and buried the ball to the upper right corner of the goal. The game-winning goal helped the Caseys advance to the Non-Pubic South A semifinals by a final score of 1-0.
As far as placement goes, the location couldn’t have been better, although it’s still unclear if Lawrence wanted the amount of pace behind the game winning shot.
“That’s what you love to see as a coach, something you talk about in practice, and she went out on the field and did just that,” Lawrence said. “She still hit it pretty hard, but believe me when you see how hard she can normally shoot, the ball could have ended up on the baseball field.”
Even during game speed, Demurjian said placement was the one thing on her mind when she just had the SJV keeper to beat.
“It’s important to place it, it’s more of where you hit it then how hard,” Demurjian said. “We wanted to get this one, last time we played them we lost, we knew if we came out of halftime and got one we would win.”
The two teams met in the regular season back on Oct. 3. They fell 1-0 on a goal that Red Bank Catholic keeper Jackie Robinson personally took the blame for after the victory on Thursday.
There is no better spot to get some form of redemption than in the state tournament, and Robinson did not miss her chance, keeping the clean sheet and recording eight saves.
“I knew that if I played to the best of my abilities the defense would have my back,” Robinson said. “We picked up the intensity and moved the ball quicker in the second half, the last 20 minutes everyone was tired, we just buckled down and held them the best we could.”
The defense, led by sweeper Daniella Caputo, did a good job limiting the Lancer chances as SJV pushed for the late equalizer.
The Lancers had one final chance to equalize off a set piece just outside the box.
SJV’s Sydney Cummings put a good charge into her shot, but Robinson was there to make the near post save.
No. 5 Red Bank Catholic will travel to No. 1 Holy Cross in a Non-Public A semifinal on Monday November 9th.
Staff Writer: Chris Parker email@example.com