South Carroll misses perfection

October 21, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

FREDERICK -- In their bid for a perfect regular season, the South Carroll Cavaliers ran up against a stubborn Thomas Johnson team last night that simply wouldn't budge.

After 80 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime sessions, neither team could score in a 0-0 draw.

The Patriots (4-4-3) went shot for shot and save for save against the Cavaliers, who beat them 4-0 earlier this season.

The Cavaliers finish their regular season 11-0-1 overall.

"We're still unbeaten. Our kids are disappointed, but [Thomas Johnson] still couldn't beat us and we didn't play particularly well," said South Carroll coach Charlie Fazenbaker.

"Sometimes you need a hard lesson and I think we got one tonight. It wasn't that our kids didn't try hard, I think they tried too hard and forgot to do some of the things we can do."

It seemed appropriate the Cavaliers completed their regular season at Thomas Johnson.

It was the Patriots who handed the Cavaliers a 8-1 loss midway through last season. The Cavs haven't lost since, finishing the 1993 season 4-0-2 before winning their first 11 this year.

And, one of the South Carroll ties late last season ended Liberty's bid for a perfect 1993 season.

The Patriots looked like the undefeated team for much of the two overtimes. Travis Winkler had a header that went just wide and South Carroll goalie Jason Petroski had to make a great save to his right on Colin Senuta's shot in the first 10 minutes.

Petroski came up big again in the second session, clearing a dangerous loose ball in front.

The Cavaliers' best chance came with under two minutes left when John Eaton's shot in front hit off the top crossbar.

The Cavaliers came out strong, working the ball well out of the back with their short passing game. Most of those chances came from senior striker Peter Quin, the Patriots all-time career leader in goals. In a 20-minute span, Quin had a breakaway chance handled by Petroski; a chip from just outside the 18 that skimmed off the top post and a shot from 20 along the right side that hit the far pole.

South Carroll had some of its best opportunities in the closing minutes of the half. Emanuel Smyrnioudis got behind the Patriot defense with three minutes left, but keeper Steve Heller did a good job of smothering the shot.

Less than a minute later, Rob Ridgely had a direct kick from 18 yards that Heller grabbed.

It remained scoreless through regulation with South Carroll pressing most of the way, but unable to get anything by Heller.

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