S. Carroll can't solve Whitman

November 10, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

ROCKVILLE -- All season long, it's been the other team trying to find ways to match up against South Carroll.

Yesterday afternoon, the roles were reversed somewhat with the No. 6 Cavaliers trying to stay with a highly skilled Whitman team from Montgomery County in the Class 3A West region finals at Magruder High.

The Cavaliers were right there well into the second half when, trailing 1-0, they began taking more offensive chances looking for the equalizer and got caught defensively.

The 4-0 setback didn't depict the effort of South Carroll, which finished 14-1-1.

"[Whitman] has to respect us," said South Carroll coach Charlie Fazenbaker. "We came from the cornfields and showed we can play some soccer.

"By the time we get to the bus, we'll be thinking about the 14 wins we had, the county and [Central Maryland Conference] titles we won and being in the [Baltimore Sun] rankings."

Whitman's Judah Cooks (one goal, one assist) and Makenga Tshimanaga (two goals) -- both national team players -- led the 14-1 Vikings, who next face a Centennial team that handed them their only loss.

"I'm very pleased with my team's effort," Fazenbaker said. "We weren't going to go home a 1-0 loser, so we pressed. The score doesn't indicate the quality of game we played."

It didn't take long to see just how talented nationally ranked Whitman was. In the early going, South Carroll keeper Jason Petroski apparently wasn't fazed.

Petroski made two huge saves in the opening five minutes.

Tshimanaga received a through ball four minutes in and fired a point-blank shot from 10 yards out that Petroski turned aside.

Less than a minute later, Josh Anderson sneaked around the right corner and was all alone with Petroski, but the South Carroll keeper cut down the angle to make the save.

The Vikings scored with 11:53 left in the half on Rob Tepper's shot from 25 yards out after the Cavaliers cleared a Whitman corner kick.

It would be the only goal Petroski would allow with Fazenbaker opting to play junior Andrew Kelley for most of the second half.

South Carroll's best chance of the game came with 2:52 left in the first half. Robert Ridgely sent a corner kick to a streaking Dan Hughes along the far post. His header went off the opposite post before coming back to Ridgely, whose close shot along the left side was stopped by goalie Pat Fitzpatrick.

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