Sophomore forward Amy North was just hanging out at the far post yesterday when the ball suddenly came rolling to her.
North kept her cool and knocked the ball into the goal 3:10 into the first 10-minute overtime period, giving Liberty a 2-1 field hockey victory over Francis Scott Key in a Carroll County field hockey game.
"It was exciting to see the ball coming to me," said North. "It was a nice cross from Carly Carter."
Carter, the Lions' top scorer with five goals, sent the ball perfectly to North after taking a pass from Melissa Meehan, who started the winning play from far out on the left side.
"It wasn't a set play," said Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn. "We just wanted to get the ball in deep as possible and take our chances on scoring. We haven't been playing good hockey lately, but I felt Francis Scott Key played so well that it brought our level of play up today."
Key coach Mindy Wagner said: "I don't think our girls were ready when Carter made that beautiful cross. She [Carter] had been cherry picking the whole game, and it figured that she would be involved somehow in a goal. I knew she had five goals coming in, and we tried to shut her down. "
It was the first overtime victory of the season for Liberty in four tries.
The 2A Liberty squad (5-1-2) dominated 1A Francis Scott Key (2-5-2) early, taking a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game on sophomore Debbi Bourke's goal from 20 feet.
After the goal, the Lions seemed to ease up and allowed FSK to take charge of the rest of the first half.
Laurie Ryer scored from 25 feet to tie the game at 1 with three minutes left in the first half.
Liberty came out strong in the first 15 minutes of the second half, but the Lions were turned back three straight times on outstanding saves by goalkeeper Missy Muller.
As the final minutes of regulation play ticked off, FSK kept the ball in Liberty's end of the field but couldn't get the go-ahead goal. Amy Layman came close on a shot from fairly close range, but she just missed to the left.
Wagner said her team was in good shape for the state 1A regional tournament.
"We're first in our region because we've played the top teams and received points for that," said the FSK coach.