To make sure it doesn't miss scoring chances, South Carroll often spends time in practice working on following up and finishing shots.
That work paid off last night as Lindsey Vosloh scored when she followed up Sara Wachter's shot with 15 minutes left to give No. 12 South Carroll a 1-0 victory over visiting and No. 14 Atholton in a Class 3A-4A West Region playoff.
South Carroll (14-0) advances to the region semifinals.
The Cavaliers came up with numerous scoring chances in the game that they could not finish. But the Cavaliers kept pounding away -- especially in the second half.
"We told them to keep working at it, to keep the pressure up, and it will come," said South Carroll coach Jim Horn.
Late in a scoreless first half that saw both teams find several opportunities to score, South Carroll began to take control. Vosloh got a good shot from inside the box with about four minutes left, but she fired it wide left.
Shannan Henley, who scored the final goal in South Carroll's 3-0 victory over Thomas Johnson in the opening playoff game, nearly scored moments later. Atholton goalie Julie Kapcala (six saves) slipped, and the ball rolled near Henley but the junior striker couldn't control it.
Atholton (8-3-2) tested South Carroll freshman goalie Mandy Hughes (six saves) several times early, but she came up big.
Melissa Greczy fired a good shot from the right wing about two minutes into the game, but Hughes knocked it away. Mandy Robine and Katie Young also had good shots in the first half, but Hughes took care of both.
At the other end, Kapcala made several big plays. She nearly made another one on what turned out to be Vosloh's goal.
Wachter send a long ball toward the goal from about 30 yards out. Kapcala quickly backpedaled and knocked the ball down, but Vosloh was right there to put it in.
"We didn't know what to expect from this team," said Vosloh, the team's leading scorer with 11 goals.
South Carroll only outshot Atholton by 5-4 in the first half, but the Cavaliers took over after the break. They outshot the Raiders by 11-3 in the second half, controlling play much of the time.
"We had several chances in the first 10 minutes, but we couldn't [score]," said Atholton coach Warren Michael. "The last 10 minutes of the first half, they started to outplay us, and it carried over into the second half."