LINGANORE — The South Carroll girls soccer team advanced to the Class 3A/4A Region IV final with a 4-1 shootout victory over host Linganore last night.
South Carroll goalie Kendra Pulis clinched the victory by stopping a penalty shot by Linganore's Heather Combs in the shootout, which followed two scoreless 10-minute overtimes. The score reverts to zero before the shootout starts.
"It was a hell of a match," said Cavaliers coach Jim Horn. "The kids had every right to quit down 1-0 (late in the second half), but stuck with it and thank God we practiced our penalty kicks."
South Carroll's shootout goals were scored by Pulis, Amber Clutter, Emily Hegner and Danielle Picker.
Linganore's Megan Turner opened the scoring with slightly more than 25 minutes left in the second half. Turner got a rebound in front of the net and buried a shot by Pulis.
The Cavs rallied shortly after the Turner goal, but continually were frustrated by the Linganore keeper Wendy Norman, until Clutter tied things up for the Cavs with just under five minutes remaining in regulation.
Clutter, a freshman, took the ball away from Norman in frontand slipped it behind the Frederick County team's keeper to send things into overtime.
Both teams had great scoring chances with the score tied at 1-1, but the game was destined for overtime when a Linganore shot sailed just wide of the Cavaliers net with 30 seconds left.
After Linganore's 3-2 win over South Carroll in the regular season, few people expected last night's rematch would be a low-scoring affair.
But the solid efforts of both goalkeepers changed that. Bothteams had scoring opportunities in first half.
Linganore pressed early and got a shot in the first minute, when Stacey Danielcyzk streaked down the left side and fired a shot that Cavaliers goalie KendraPulis handled easily.
The Lady Lancers were back at it minutes later, but couldn't take advantage of a loose ball in front of South Carroll's net.
South Carroll answered with some chances of its own, mostly created by the up-front speed of Amber Clutter, Kim Woodward and Nicky Robitaille.
Clutter had a breakaway opportunity after Woodward led her with a through ball at the 22-minute mark, but Clutter's hurried shot went wide of the Linganore net.
With eight minutes left in the half, Robitaille sent a cross to Woodward, who hit a shotjust wide of the net.
Linganore nearly scored off a corner kick at the close of the half, but Pulis made the initial save and the rebound hit the post, leaving the contest scoreless at the half.