Melissa Moore turned a rather uneventful evening into a celebration for South Carroll last night at Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick.
Moore, a senior, gave the Cavaliers (10-0-1, 9-0-1) the Central Maryland Conference girls soccer championship with a goal 55 seconds into the second sudden-death overtime period against Thomas Johnson.
Moore sent a booming shot off a corner kick past stunned goalkeeper Laura Thompson and into the net, giving South Carroll a 2-1 victory over the Patriots.
Moore was mobbed by her teammates in the middle of the field and carried around briefly by some of the South Carroll players.
"It's the first time I ever scored off a corner kick," Moore said. "I've taken four or five in my career, but this is the first one I made. I only made one before in a scrimmage. It's a great feeling."
Moore's goal saved the Cavaliers on a night when they were outplayed most of the game by the Patriots (2-7).
Thomas Johnson kept the ball in the South Carroll end of the field most of the last 10 minutes of regulation but didn't score and the Patriots had an excellent chance midway through the first overtime period on a hard shot by Karen Treese.
South Carroll goalkeeper Kendra Pulis made a nice save Treese's shot in overtime, giving Moore a chance to win it.
"Thomas Johnson outplayed us from the start," South Carroll coach Jim Horn said. "Give them a lot of credit, but our girls hung in there. I'm sure Thomas Johnson was fired up to play against us because they heard we were unbeaten. Also it was seniors night for them."
Thomas Johnson held a 10-8 edge in shots, but Pulis made six saves.
The Patriots put their top defender, Michelle Mathsen, on high-scoring striker Amber Clutter, and Mathsen shut out the Cavaliers' talented sophomore.
Clutter entered the game with 14 goals and five assists.
With 10:50 left in regulation, the Patriots threatened to break the 1-1 tie when Treese broke free for a one-on-one opportunity against Pulis.
But Pulis came out, challenged Treese and blocked the shot.
South Carroll had tied the game at 1 on a goal by Anne Schaeffer 8:14 into the second half.
Schaeffer tapped in a shot amid a crowd in front of the net after taking a pass from Michelle Patton.
Thomas Johnson took a 1-0 lead 1:28 into the game on a goal by Wendy Burman off an assist from Beth Sheehan.
On a corner toss-in, Sheehan threw the ball off a South Carroll defender and the ball bounced back to Burman, who stuck it in the net for the early advantage.