October 13th, 2010

Mercy Advances To District Title Game

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

Mercy Advances To District Title Game
photo by Chris Jung

Jaguars dominate Presentation to move on

Since Mercy Academy's 4-2 win over Male on Sept. 23, the Jaguars had not won a game, had compiled a record of 0-3-1, and had only accummulated four goals.

Wednesday night, in their 12th District Tournament semifinal game against Presentation Academy, Mercy quickly turned things around and let out nearly three weeks of frustration with a lopsided 10-0 win over the Toppers.

With the victory, the Jags (12-8-1) advance to the district championship game that will be played on Thursday at 5:30pm at Male High School against one of the region's best teams - DuPont Manual High School, a squad that Mercy defeated 5-3 on Aug. 24.

But Wednesday night was the most important game of the season to this point for Mercy, as a fourth consecutive loss would have ended the Jaguars' season. Instead, Hannah Konermann came out firing and led Mercy to a dominant win. Konermann scored just two minutes into the game to give Mercy an early 1-0 lead, but then the Jags' offense went cold. Within a 22-minute period, Mercy fired six, straight point blank shots at the Presentation goal, including several blasts off the post by Kayla Richardson. All of them came up empty.

But finally, with 14:14 to go in the first half, Richardson's cross pass to the middle of the field found a streaking Kondermann in stride, and the night's top offensive spark plug knocked in another goal and opened up the floodgates. Nearly two minutes later, after a corner kick, Meghan Phelan put the ball in play toward the net, and Whitney Hartlage took advantage of a deflection for a goal, putting Mercy up 3-0.

Konermann scored again at the 9:40 mark after Mercy turned a Presentation fast break into a stop and a cleared ball, and then extended the Mercy lead to 5-0 on a left-footed bullet off another assist from Richardson. Mercy took a 6-0 lead into halftime and didn't look back.

Mercy will be hoping for a similar offensive explosion Thursday night against Manual, who has only surrendered 27 goals all season. No matter the result, however, the Jags have played themselves into next weeks' regional tournament by advancing to the district championship game.

Check back to LouisvilleCatholicSports.com for full coverage of the district championship game, as well as continued postseason action.

For a full photo gallery from this game, visit the "Louisville Photos" section, which can be found under the "More" tab at the top of the main page.


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