South Carroll wins region title, 2-0

November 08, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham Robitaille's goals defeat Franklin | Glenn P. Graham Robitaille's goals defeat Franklin,Staff Writer

Senior Nikki Robitaille scored two early second-half goals to lift South Carroll past Franklin, 2-0, and give the Cavs their first Class 3A-4A, Region III championship yesterday in Hampstead.

After a scoreless first half, the Cavaliers (11-1-1) took control with Robitaille's two goals in the first nine minutes of the second half.

"I chewed them out at halftime," South Carroll coach Jim Horn said. "It was the first time I had to do that this year and I wasn't sure how they would respond."

Robitaille's first goal came off a feed from sophomore Amber Clutter with 3:10 gone in the half. The senior cut toward the goal along the left side, controlled the Clutter pass and sent a rocket past Franklin keeper Jennifer Cooper.

Robitaille headed home the insurance goal five minutes later, again beating the defender to the ball along the left side.

"Mr. Horn told us at half if we can switch fields against this team we can beat them," Robitaille said.

"I knew I could beat her [Franklin's right fullback] with my speed."

Said Horn: "Nikki did a great job for us in the second half. She came to me at halftime and said she could beat that girl on the right side, and I just told her 'Why don't you?' She really was up to the challenge."

Franklin (9-2-2) had most of its chances in the scoreless first half. It pressed late in the half with a number of scoring opportunities but couldn't get anything by South Carroll goalie Kendra Pulis, who finished with six saves.

"We needed someone to test us after Wednesday night's game [an 11-0 victory over Western]," Horn said.

"The defense played very tough back there. We have three freshman with Sara [Wachter], Carrie [Tamburo] and Jaime [Baier] and they did a great job. Kendra [Pulis] also showed us why she was an all-state keeper."

Franklin had two good chances to get within one midway through the second half. The first came from a scramble in front with 22 minutes left, which Pulis eventually scooped up. Three minutes later, Franklin failed to connect on an indirect kick along te right side.

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