N. Carroll wears out Key, 7-0 Girls soccer

September 24, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

If playing three games in four nights wasn't enough to contend with, the Francis Scott Key Eagles also had the chore of finishing out their tough county schedule last night at North Carroll.

The task was simply too much to ask as the Panthers overwhelmed the Eagles with three first-half goals on their way ,, to a convincing 7-0 win in Hampstead.

North Carroll forward Jen Baker did most of the damage, setting up two first-half goals and adding three goals of her own and another assist in the second half. It was the senior's first career hat trick.

The Panthers had too much speed and skill up front with Baker, Cori Bradford and Carrie Hale putting constant pressure on the Eagles' defense. The Panthers outshot the Eagles, 41-8.

Every time the Eagles' defense tried to clear the ball, the Panthers' midfield, led by Casey Rhoten, was there to punch the ball back in.

"It was an entire team effort and we did a good job of beating them to the ball at both ends of the field," said North Carroll coach Phil Myers.

"We had a lot of opportunities and did a good job of finishing othem and that's been a problem in some of our other games this season."

Back-to-back North Carroll goals a minute apart 10 minutes intthe game took a lot out of a tired Eagles team.

Rhoten opened the scoring with a header off a corner kick by Baker. Baker earned the corner after beating two Key defenders before having her shot deflected.

A minute later, Baker broke free again and sent a hard shot that Key goalie Amber Grimes turned aside, but right to a waiting Cori Bradford, who followed up along the right side.

The goals came right after the Eagles had their best scoring chance of the night.

Key forward Carri Ryer got behind the Panthers' defense along the right side and fired a shot at keeper Theresa Mays, who did a good job of cutting down the angle.

The Panthers made it 3-0 with 15:20 left in the half when Christina Crouse one-timed a long throw by Amber Fleming.

"We played tough against Walkersville [on Monday] and came back tough again last night at Westminster and then looked tired from the start tonight," said Key coach Joe Linthicum.

"North Carroll kept the pressure on just pounding, pounding anpounding the ball back at us. Our girls played hard and never quit, though."

After rattling the post and having shots go just wide all night long, Baker finally found the net three straight times early in the second half to make it 7-0.

Bradford scored her second of the night just before Baker's outburst.

The Eagles kept playing hard throughout the contest with Grimes, sweeper Pam Lockner and Ryer the standouts. Grimes finished the night with 29 saves.

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