Eggers delivers another win for Panthers Her goal is difference in second straight playoff

November 01, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

North Carroll forward Annie Eggers insists there are no secrets.

For the second straight playoff game, her second-half goal has helped extend the No. 4 Panthers' season.

Yesterday afternoon in Hampstead, the junior ran onto a loose ball along the right side, noticed Thomas Johnson goalie Christina Gouker out of position and fired a shot in the empty cage.

The goal, coming four minutes into the second half, was all North Carroll would need in coming away with a 1-0 win over Thomas Johnson in a Class 3A North region semifinal game.

The Panthers next will travel to Centennial -- 2-1 winners over Howard yesterday -- in the region finals tentatively scheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow.

"I guess you can say I was at the right place at the right time," Eggers said.

"It just came across, went by a defender and I hit it. This was a great team win, though, not just one player. Our team is really starting to come together."

In the opening round of the playoffs against county rival Liberty on Thursday, Eggers found the cage with just under nine minutes left to give the Panthers (11-3) a 1-0 win.

She also scored the game-winner in North Carroll's 1-0 win over Thomas Johnson in the regular season.

As with last week's effort, the Panthers continued to press yesterday after taking the lead, finishing with a 13-1 edge in shots against Thomas Johnson and not allowing the visiting Patriots (9-4-1) any opportunities to get even.

Senior co-captain Jackie Chase dominated the midfield and the Panthers' defense did its job in front of junior goalie Becky Bosley, who didn't have to make a save the entire way.

North Carroll controlled the first half, but couldn't get anything past Gouker and a Thomas Johnson defense that packed it in tight inside the circle.

Junior forward Carol Weigel had a chance midway through, but Gouker was there to make the save.

A little more than a minute later, Eggers put a shot right on from a tough angle that Gouker kicked aside.

The rebound came out to Megan Rittler, whose shot was turned back by a Thomas Johnson defender at the goal line.

Dominating and coming up empty on the scoreboard in the first half didn't frustrate the Panthers.

"It just makes us work harder and we know we have to stay aggressive knowing it's still anyone's game," Eggers said.

The reward came early in the second half when a long hit skipped over a Thomas Johnson defender's stick and through the crease.

Gouker tried to make a play on it and deflected it to Eggers, who made no mistake. The shot went just above the lower barrier in the cage, but was allowed because there was a clear path to the goal.

* Westminster 1, Watkins Mill 0: Senior Jen Medura scored early in the second half off a feed from Nikki Cornell to lead No. 3 Westminster to a 1-0 win over visiting Watkins Mill in a Class 4A North semifinal.

Westminster improves to 13-0 and will travel to Gaithersburg tomorrow for the region championship.

* Centennial 2, Howard 1: Centennial's Emily Rothschild knocked away the potential tying score with 18 seconds remaining and the Eagles (8-4-2) held on for a victory over visiting Howard (7-6-1) in a Class 3A North semifinal.

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