N. Carroll, Liberty girls play to 3-3 tie

September 29, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

No one was happy after North Carroll and Liberty battled to a 3-3 tie last night in a tense Carroll County girls soccer game at North Carroll.

North Carroll trudged off the field with unhappy faces, and Liberty silently walked to its team meeting.

"This was like kissing your brother, I guess," said Liberty coach Lynn Stone, whose team held a 2-1 lead at halftime but had to rally in the closing minutes to force two 10-minute overtime periods.

Liberty tied the game at 3 with 6:40 left in regulation when Natalie Hannibal scored from 15 feet out on a nice pass from Amy Wolff.

It was the second goal of the game for Hannibal and seemed to take a lot of fight out of the host Panthers.

Liberty then had a chance to win the game with 43 seconds left in regulation when Wolff had a breakaway against North Carroll goalkeeper Teresa Mays.

Wolff was running toward the goal, but Mays came out and stopped Wolff, sending her skidding across the wet grass.

Wolff was hurt on the play, running into Mays' knee, and never returned to the game.

That hurt the Liberty cause.

"Amy wanted to go back in," said Stone. "But she was hurting too badly for me to put her back out there. She's a superb player and not having her out there hurt us, but I wasn't going to take any chances."

After the breakaway, neither team came close to scoring in the final 43 seconds of regulation and in the first 10-minute overtime.

But North Carroll came within inches of winning the game with three minutes remaining in the second overtime.

Panthers forward Ashlee Douglas (nine goals and four assists in five games) got off a shot from 35 feet that just skidded outside the left post.

It was Douglas who had scored two goals earlier for North Carroll (2-1-2), ushering the Panthers to a 3-2 lead with 21:20 left.

Douglas' second goal of the night made it 3-2, a shot that she chipped in from the right side on a pass from Jenny Baker.

Baker also had a goal for the Panthers.

Stone said: "We let down and let them in the door. North Carroll had their eye on Wolff all night. But overall we're making progress."

It was the second straight tie for Liberty (1-1-2) and for North Carroll.

North Carroll coach Phil Myers said: "I don't know whether we're being too aggressive or we're just not prepared. We just didn't have the passing that we need to have to win. We had the chance to win it in overtime but let it get away."

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