Girls Soccer: The Bishop’s School holds on to defeat Pacific Ridge High, 4-3 in La Jolla

Gretchen Cash of The Bishop’s School (white uniform) and Emily Yun of Pacific Ridge High collide in action near the Firebirds’ goal. Bishop’s goes on to win 4-3. Photo by Ed Piper

• The Bishop’s School Knights 4
• Pacific Ridge High School Firebirds 3

By Ed Piper

Lucy Rickerson has a bright future as a sportscaster, judging from her narration when she was asked to describe her goal that put The Bishop’s School up 2-1 in their eventual 4-3 win over visiting Pacific Ridge High School Jan. 28, 2014:

“I got to play that great ball through the midfield, and I got a touch on it, and the goalie (Adriana Carrol of the Firebirds) made an amazing save, and she came out and she dove for it, and (teammate) Gretchen (Cash) went right in. She completely powered through the back line. The goalie made another amazing save. The ball bounced out, and I just took a shot.” Without a breath or pause — great stuff!

Right now, Rickerson is busy studying history, her favorite subject this year with World Wars I and II, and being a high school student. Her initial shot was set up by a pass from defender Evan Rossin. Cash and Julia Ralph, a freshman like Rickerson, were in the mix on the pressure that kept Carrol from clearing the ball from in front of the goal.

Rickerson’s goal was the first in a flurry of three goals within a span of 8 minutes, 22 seconds late in the first half to break a 1-1 tie and put Bishop’s (4-0-2 in the Coastal South League, 4-5-3 overall) up 4-1 and apparently running away with the game. Chi Chi Chang, Serina Curtis, and Rhiann Holman were commanding the midfield.

“Our coach (Brian Quinn) does have this saying that says the best time to get another goal is within five minutes of the first one, because it freaks the other team out and gets us going,” said Bishop’s goalie Vanessa Walther-Mead.

Sarah Chase opened the match with a goal off an assist from Sera Stotelmyre. Pacific Ridge (3-3 in Coastal South, 7-6-2 overall) countered with a goal by scoring machine Katie O’Laughlin with 14:38 left in the first period. O’Laughlin has scored 19 of the Firebird’s season’s 34 goals. Combined with her sister Carolyn O’Laughlin’s 6 goals, the O’Laughlin franchise has accounted for three-quarters of the team’s scoring.

Rickerson worked her magic at 11:59 on the clock, then Barret Kearney, who had just been inserted into the game by coach Quinn knocked in a goal to the near post on the right side at 7:03. Chase, who had handled the ball a lot, then again scored from straight out for the 4-1 advantage. The game looked like a blowout at that point.

“We talk about it all the time about what wins us games, and it’s the intensity,” said Walther-Mead. The intensity on the Knights’ side dropped as the visitors were allowed to edge back to within 4-3 with 5:07 left in the game. It was no longer a blowout — it was nervous time.

“We started to try to play too much in the middle (of the field),” was Rickerson’s analysis. ”We’re good at connecting over the middle. But they were getting back and defending us pretty well. We needed to make better balls over the top, and we just couldn’t find those.” That apparently clinched her new sportscasting position!

Bishop’s held on for the win, holding on as well to second place in Coastal South behind Parker, who they hosted Feb. 4.

• Ahead: The Bishop’s School hosts La Jolla Country Day School in a league match 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 2014.

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