North Carroll makes goal stand up

November 01, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

DAMASCUS -- North Carroll coach Denean Koontz has preached all season the importance of scoring in the first half.

After the Panthers' 1-0 win at Damascus in the Class 2A West region opener yesterday, the players have a better understanding why.

Senior Amber Bosley scored 8:30 in to give the fourth-seeded Panthers (9-3-1) the only goal they would need against the top-seeded Hornets. The Panthers will face Liberty tomorrow in the region final.

Jill Ballard set up the game-winner with a shot following a penalty corner. Damascus goalie Brandy Scott made the save, but Bosley was right there for the rebound.

The Panthers dominated the Hornets throughout the first half -- outshooting them 9-0 and owning a 7-0 edge in penalty corners -- but couldn't get anything more past Scott.

Ballard had a couple of other shots blocked off penalty corners. Bosley had a strong bid blocked, while another one went just wide right and Laurie Kreseski also had some chances.

Scott's eight first-half saves enabled the Hornets to stay close and made North Carroll goalie Becky Bosley's only save of the game a big one.

It came with just under three minutes left. Michelle Dick took a feed across the circle along the left side and fired a shot that Bosley turned aside with a leg save.

"That was a crucial save. It may have been their only shot, but it only takes one," Koontz said. "In the second half, it was pretty much even. Fortunately, we scored in the first half and that's always so big."

Aside from the late shot, the Hornets only other serious threat came with 12 minutes left when they had back-to-back penalty corners, but Liz Feck's first shot never got to the goal and Christine Trunnell's went wide.

Koontz said it was a complete team effort.

The offense did the job in the first half, continually pressing the attack. The defense did its share in the second half, shutting down Hornets threats before they materialized.

The Panthers next foe, county rival Liberty, is a familiar one. The Lions eliminated the Panthers, 1-0, last year on penalty strokes in the region final. The teams split their two games this year during the regular season.

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