Tigers on the prowl again
Mercy won its second straight SCC Quinnipiac Division title on Friday by beating Sacred Heart Academy 2-1 at home. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie back on Oct. 1.
“(SHA) scored early (on Friday) like they did in the first game,” Mercy coach Marcus Harley said. “Then we started to pick up our intensity and we stared to control the game.”
Forwards Olivia Ozycz and Blakeslee Palmer now have 12 and 10 goals respectively, for the Tigers (11-2-1). But the true strength for Mercy lies in its midfielders.
Alex Zampini, Kendra Landy and Danielle Richardson have been a big part of the 38 assists Mercy has had thus far. And when the Tigers get a lead, Harley can drop Zampini back on defense to help make it tougher for the opposition to score.
Mercy is currently the No. 3 seed in the SCC tournament, which begins on Saturday. If seeding holds to form, a semifinal-round matchup with defending champion Branford in the semifinals, with top-seeded Guilford, the winner of 13 straight games, awaiting the winner in the final on Oct. 30 at East Haven.
Both of Mercy’s losses have come to Guilford.
“My kids are excited to get back to the SCC tournament,” Harley said. “We really had a letdown last year, losing in penalty kicks to Shelton (in the semifinals). In my eyes, I would like to face Guilford again. If we do win it, we’d like to win it against Guilford.”