N. Carroll breezes by Hereford, 4-1

November 05, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The North Carroll girls soccer team wasted little time qualifying for the region championship last night, scoring three early goals to come away with a 4-1 win over visiting Hereford in a Class 2A-1A, Region II semifinal contest.

The top-seeded Panthers (8-3-2) will play host to county rival and third- seeded Liberty -- a 2-1 winner over Towson -- in the region final Saturday.

The Panthers used a big first half to put things out of reach for Hereford (7-6), outshooting their Baltimore County counterpart 11-2.

"Early on, I thought we worked the ball real well, passed the ball and took some shots and capitalized," said North Carroll coach Phil Myers.

Senior Ashlee Douglas, North Carroll's leading scorer this season with 15 goals and seven assists, got the Panthers on the board nine minutes into the contest.

Stephanie May scored right in front at the 18:57 mark to make it 2-0 and then assisted on a goal by Jenny Baker less than two minutes later.

The Bulls tried to get back into the game early in the second half, but sophomore Mindy Salganik's shot off a breakaway hit the crossbar and the rebound attempt went wide.

Midway through the second half, Hereford's Suzie Morfoot sent a hard shot, but North Carroll goalkeeper Teresa Mays made the save.

Salganik would find the net on a breakaway with just less than 16 minutes remaining, but the Panthers would get that right back with May's second goal of the game off a corner kick.

"You really have to give Hereford a lot of credit," Myers said. "They came out strong in the second half and didn't let up for a second."

The Panthers are no strangers to their next opponent, Liberty. The two met twice during the regular season.

In the first meeting at North Carroll, the teams played to a 3-3 tie.The Panthers then came back to beat the Lions, 2-0, at Liberty on Oct. 19.

"We had two pretty even games with them earlier, so we know it'll be tough," Myers said.

"Overall, I thought we did a pretty nice job tonight and will just have to carry that over Saturday."

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