Vickie Dreiling was a component part of the Cardinals' balanced attack.
By BILL SULLIVAN
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
STRUTHERS -- At Cardinal Mooney High School, they call sophomore forward Vickie Dreiling "The Brazilian" because she was born in that South American country.
Tuesday, Dreiling and the rest of the Mooney girl's soccer team used a balanced attack and an impressive defense to defeat Warren JFK 5-1.
Five players scored a goal apiece and five players had at least one assist as Mooney (12-1-1) turned in another rock-solid defensive showing.
Dreiling assisted on two goals, Mimi Vitello and Marisa Simon each scored and assisted on a goal, and Kelli Willis, Kelly Burke and Bridget Crogan had a goal apiece for the Cardinals.
Sara Garchar and Colleen Zajac also had an assist apiece for the Cardinals, who have out-scored 14 opponents, 64-7.
"Their defense pressures the ball and makes it difficult to get it going," JFK coach Billy Roberts said.
"We were trying to go down the middle too much and that's the strength of their team."
Senses her teammates
Dreiling said she senses her teammates on the field and tries to get them the ball when they're open. Her pass to Willis with the game 10 minutes old made it 2-0.
"I hear them and just try to follow their voices," Dreiling said of her passes. "The cross, I intended it to go in the middle. It just worked out nicely."
Willis now has 16 goals this year and 72 in her first three seasons.
Early in the second half, JFK junior Lexie Polivka scored off an assist from Lauren Perisa to narrow the gap to 3-1.
A minute later, Dreiling spotted Simon in the box and her 14-yard shot put Mooney back in control 4-1.
"I read her right there," Dreiling said of the assist from the wing.
"We play off each other; we play together. We're not all selfish. We want everyone to get a chance."
Mooney effectively used a short-passing game to control the action and at no time was that more evident than late in the first half.
Garchar attacked down the right wing and passed to Vitello on the top of the box. She one-touched the ball to Burke whose shot bounced off the left upright for her 12th goal of the season.
"I think we're very balanced," Mooney coach Alex Simon said. "From the back to the front.
"Every girl contributes and every girl add to the whole picture."
Mooney is ranked third in the state and is the top seed in the Div. II tournament.
JFK (6-7) meanwhile must take solace in knowing five of its losses have come from teams ranked in the state's top 10.