S. Carroll trims Westminster on Rockwell's overtime goal

April 25, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

The South Carroll Cavaliers continue to live on the edge.

Last night at Westminster, Katie Rockwell's goal with 40 seconds left in the second three-minute overtime period got the Cavaliers past a determined Westminster team. The final was 13-12.

The Owls (1-7) led for most of the way and had a 12-11 lead going into the second overtime period on a goal from Lori Morsberger in the first overtime. But South Carroll (6-2) tied the game when Rockwell, working behind the net, found Damielle Picker with 1:10 left to tie the score at 12.

Rockwell provided the game-winner 30 seconds later, beating Westminster goalie Melissa Warner up high from 8 yards out. The Owls had a chance to tie when Corrina Batten was awarded a restart with 10 seconds left, but South Carroll goalie Erin Nauyalis (nine saves) came up with the big save.

"Westminster played a really good game. They were aggressive and very scrappy," said South Carroll coach Stacy Stem. "I told our kids we're going to have to struggle for every win and work hard every game. I'll take it. The way we've been playing, I'll take any win."

It was the second close call for the Cavaliers, who got by North Carroll, 11-9, on Thursday after a great showing in a losing cause against highly-touted Liberty earlier last week.

Melissa Gettemy had four goals to lead the Cavaliers with Carli Benham adding three. Ann Brennan and Morsberger each had three goals for the Owls.

Westminster was looking to keep the game slow and it succeeded in the first half, taking a 6-4 lead into intermission.

Sarah Palaia had two first-half goals, and after Benham got the Cavaliers within 5-4, Westminster's Amy Bittinger caught Nauyalis out of the net, scoring in the final seconds of the half to give the Owls the two-goal lead.

"Our two key words were possession and patience," said Westminster coach Suzanne Peters. "We didn't want to force anything, but just look for opportunities. We did that well in the first half. I was very proud of the way we played tonight. We made a few mistakes late [South Carroll] was able to capitalize on."

After Morsberger and Brennan opened the second half with early goals to give the Owls an 8-4 lead, the Cavaliers rallied for five straight to take a 9-8 lead. Benham ended the drought with an underhand scoop along the right side with 21:50 left to cut the Owls' lead to 8-5 and she gave the Cavaliers the 9-8 lead with 16:39 left.

Westminster regrouped behind two goals from Brennan and another from Holly Seaman, a restart with 9:14 left that gave the Owls an 11-10 lead.

The lead would stand until there was just a little more than a minute left in regulation when Pam Dempsey came across the crease -- right to left -- to tie the score at 11. Both Warner, who took over for starting goalie Mandy O'Neal, and Nauyalis came up with big saves in the final eight minutes of regulation to keep their respective teams close.

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