Mays stands tall in North Carroll loss Girls soccer

November 03, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

North Carroll junior keeper Teresa Mays slowly walked off the field last night at Middletown.

She trudged through the crowd of Middletown players who were celebrating their 1-0 sudden-death overtime win in the Class 1A-2A West regional semifinals.

Middletown coach John Miller made a point to come over to shake Mays' hand as did Knights' keeper Melissa Kupferberg.

It was the kind of effort from Mays that easily gets noticed. The fact she was playing on a sore ankle that kept her out of the Panthers' regular-season finale made it even more remarkable.

But after 83-plus minutes and 15 saves from Mays, top-seeded Middletown (10-3) was able to celebrate as Jackie Berkey collected a rebound in close and got the game-winner.

After an evenly played first half in which both teams had solid scoring chances, Middletown dominated the second half only to be frustrated by Mays and a solid North Carroll defense.

The first three minutes of overtime was much of the same until the Knights finally broke through 3:05 into overtime.

North Carroll coach Phil Myers wasn't surprised with Mays' effort.

"That's how she's played all year long," he said.

"She wasn't even walking earlier in the week. I thought the whole defense did a super job."

Myers said the key for his team was its inability to score when it had chances early.

"We had some opportunities in the first half and early in the second half and just didn't capitalize," he said.

"We did some nice things, but couldn't finish them off. Then we just couldn't get the ball out of our defensive end and when we did, [Middletown] just kept pounding it back in."

Middletown finished the afternoon with a 23-6 edge in shots.

North Carroll's best chances came early. Carrie Hale deflected a corner kick 12 minutes in and the rebound came out to Kelli Ryan, who shot wide from 20 yards out.

Julie Baker, who played a solid all-around game at center midfield, had a chance six minutes into the second half, but she shot wide from in close.

Meanwhile, the Middletown front line of Berkey, Nina Mento and Kathy Johnson had chance after chance turned back by Mays and a solid North Carroll defense led by sweeper Amber Fleming and Hope Swedberg.

Despite the Panthers' first losing season (5-7-1) since 1988, Myers had cause for satisfaction.

North Carroll handed county champ South Carroll its only loss and turned in a number of other strong efforts.

"I'm super proud of all the girls they really worked hard and did a fantastic job all year long. We didn't always win, but we were right there in all the games," he said.

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