Four Klimek goals lift Pirates
St. Mary's goalkeeper Katie Lanahan rescues the ball under pressure from Phoenix's Larrisa Wiltrout, left, and Mary Jacobs during their District 6 girls soccer match on Tuesday at St. Mary's High School. Mail Tribune / Jim Craven — — —
Marci Klimek scored early and often for Phoenix in District 6 girls soccer Tuesday at St. Mary's High.
The freshman forward used her quickness and determination to score four goals in the first half as the Pirates defeated St. Mary's 4-2.
She (Klimek) was opportunistic, Phoenix coach John Doty said. She's quick and she's persistent. When you have a combination of speed and persistence, you're going to score.
Klimek gave the Pirates the initial lead when St. Mary's goalie Katie Lanahan couldn't control Kelly Riley's shot and Klimek pounced on the rebound for a close-range goal at the fourth minute.
About four minutes later, Katie MacDiarmid, who accounted for both St. Mary's goals, evened the score for the Crusaders (5-3-1, 1-2 District 6) off an assist from Megan Frankel.
Klimek and Riley teamed up for the go-ahead goal at the 25th minute.
Sarah Kieffer provided a through ball to Klimek and she capitalized at the 29th minute.
Then Larissa Wiltrout set up Klimek's final goal at the 33rd minute off a corner kick.
Larissa served the ball across the frame and Marci put it away with one touch by the back post, said Doty.
St. Mary's didn't allow any second-half goals and got its final score by MacDiarmid at the 78th minute from about 18 yards out off a throw-in by Alex Tomlinson.
They definitely disrupted our rhythm and attack in the second half, said Doty. There was a lot less shooting by us. They came out hard and stepped it up.
Phoenix peppered 16 shots at the Crusader net in the first half and finished with 22 for the game. St. Mary's was credited with seven shots, with five on goal.
Lanahan came up with six saves for the Crusaders, while Phoenix keeper Jaclyn Unruh had three saves.