South Carroll shows playoff form again

November 01, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Down the stretch they come again.

The South Carroll field hockey team, renowned for its ability to peak for the playoffs, seems to be up to its old tricks again.

The Cavaliers turned back a good Mount Hebron team, 1-0, yesterday in the opening round of the Class 3A North regionals at South Carroll, gaining a berth in the 3A championship game tomorrow against host and top-seeded Centennial at 3:15 p.m.

With first-year goalkeeper Jaime Moyer again playing well, second-seeded South Carroll got the only goal it needed 14 minutes into the second half when Carli Benham and Allison Cain teamed up for the score.

Cain took the ball into the circle, drawing Mount Hebron goalkeeper Jessica Crittenden out of the net, and then dumped a pass off to Benham on the right side.

Benham drilled a shot past Crittenden for what proved to be the winning goal.

"It was a great feeling," said Benham. "We were ready to play against Mount Hebron and it showed."

Three minutes after South Carroll (8-4-1) went ahead, third-seeded Mount Hebron (7-4-2) came within inches of tying the game on a shot by Katie Marks and a follow by Laura Prendergast.

Marks sent a hard shot at Moyer, who was lying on the ground but swatted the ball away at the last instant. The ball rebounded to Prendergast, who had a clear shot but mishit the ball.

It was that kind of day for Mount Hebron, which outshot South Carroll, 18-14, and had a 6-2 edge in penalty corners.

The Cavaliers had an excellent chance to add to the lead later in the second half when April Hall's shot just missed going into the far corner with 5:30 remaining in the game.

Kim Foreman also barely missed scoring in the opening minutes of the second half, as she sent a sizzling shot just wide.

The Vikings had one final chance to tie the game with 1:30 left when they had a penalty corner, but Prendergast's shot was off target.

South Carroll coach Stacy Stem said: "This was a different team than I've seen all year. It was the best we played this season as a team. Our kids have a habit of rising to the occasion for the playoffs.

"We lack speed but our girls were hitting the ball well into spaces today and were doing good on their scoops and dodges. Katie Rockwell had a strong all-around game for us."

Moyer, who is adept at kicking the ball away with both feet in the goal, said she had to come up with another option since she was lying on the ground when Marks took the shot shortly after South Carroll had gone ahead.

"I concentrated on that ball and was able to get it out of there," said Moyer, who got some strong support from defenders Heather Leaf and Gretchen Goodell.

"We had a feeling we could do it."

Mount Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland said her team "just couldn't finish, but I was just hoping we could sneak one in. I really believed Laura [Prendergast] was going to knock in the rebound of that shot by Katie, but she just didn't hit the ball solidly."

Ireland said it was a pretty good showing for a team "that was rebuilding and had a lot of young players."

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