South Carroll's veterans, depth wear down Glenelg, 4-0

September 17, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

South Carroll showed how valuable experience and depth can be in beating host Glenelg, 4-0, yesterday in girls soccer.

After the Cavs' starting front line couldn't finish some good opportunities early in the first half, reserve forward Kelly Harmer came into the game and promptly finished on a shot from 15 yards.

The goal came with 14:49 left in the half and proved to be the game-winner after senior goalie Kendra Pulis turned back a point-blank shot from Monica Dodd in the closing minutes of the half to keep No. 14 Glenelg (1-1) off the board.

Pulis, coming off shoulder surgery last December, wasn't called on much, but came up big when the Cavaliers needed it.

The save set the tone for the second half. The No. 7 Cavs (3-0) got goals from sophomore Lindsey Vosloh and senior Amber Clutter in the first 13 minutes to take control.

"We were really up for this game. We've never beaten a Howard County team, so this was a breakthrough," said South Carroll coach Jim Horn.

"To have so many opportunities lost early on and then have Kelly step right off the bench and score was great to see. The girls also saw the good job Kendra was doing back there and just said at halftime that we've got to get her some support."

They wasted little time. Five minutes into the second half, Vosloh headed home a Dani Picker corner kick to give the Cavs a 2-0 lead.

Clutter scored eight minutes later, beating a defender to get around the left corner and neatly tucking a shot past Glenelg goalie Becka Christensen along the near post. It was Clutter's fifth goal of the season and pushed her career total to 58. She broke the all-time Carroll County mark with two goals in the Cavs' 3-1 win over Middletown earlier in the week.

Freshman Amy Martinez outran everyone with a breakaway goal in the final moments to close the scoring.

Glenelg coach Mike Williams said South Carroll's depth and speed was the difference. For the Gladiators, it was a chance to face a quality team to see where they stand.

"South Carroll can play with anyone in the state," he said. "When I scheduled them I knew they were a real good good team with a lot of experience. Our long-range goal is to play the best teams we can so we're ready for the open tournament."

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