BY TODD MURRAY The Dominion Post, September 4, 2009
Of course, it’s a lot easier to fly when you don’t have a 500-pound weight on your shoulders. That’s what McCarthy’s inability to convert any of her seven shots in her first three collegiate games felt like.
The good news? She’s a lot lighter now.
McCarthy notched her first career goal, off an assist from Megan Mischler, in the 56th minute of the No. 7 Mountaineers’ 4-0 romp against Duquesne, before a crowd of 598.
Mischler, Chelsey Corroto and Erica Henderson also tallied goals for the Mountaineers (2.1-1), as they improved to 4.0-1 against Duquesne.
“I feel like it’s going to be a lot easier to start scoring goals right now,” McCarthy said with a smile. “I knew I just had to relax. It’s all about composure. I finally got that goal tonight, and I’m happy about it.”
McCarthy had endured a frustrating afternoon at the Penn State Invitational on Monday, when she failed to take advantage of five shots — two of them on goal — in WVU’s 1-0 overtime loss against BYU.
Failing to score goals had not been a major part of McCarthy’s life when she played on Canadian national teams during her high school years, in Ajax, Ontario.
McCarthy, who started every game of the 2006 World Cup, was known for putting the ball in the back of the net. All of a sudden, her shots weren’t finding the target. It’s a devastating feeling for any goal scorer and one McCarthy’s older teammates can relate to.
Photo by Wolf Ruck / OSA
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