No. 12 S. Carroll downs Liberty for third time 1-0 victory advances Cavaliers to region final

November 05, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

South Carroll coach Jim Horn said defense has played a big part in his team's success this season -- and it came through once again yesterday.

Sparked by Jamie Baier and Carrie Tamburo, the defense of No. 12 South Carroll made Michele Mitchell's first-half goal stand up for a 1-0 victory over host Liberty in a Class 3A-4A West Region semifinal.

South Carroll (15-0) advances to the region final on Tuesday at 7 p.m. when it plays host to defending state champion and sixth-ranked Centennial. Liberty finished at 10-5, with three of the losses coming to South Carroll.

For South Carroll, the defensive story must begin with Baier and Tamburo's strong marking of Shanna Ziegenfuss, Liberty's top offensive threat. They split the marking job and were effective throughout the game.

Although the junior came up with a few good scoring chances, including a spectacular scissors kick that flew just wide early in the game, the Cavaliers often kept her quiet.

One play in the first half is a good example of how well South Carroll defended Ziegenfuss. The Liberty junior took a nice pass in the box and started toward the goal, but Baier raced in from behind to kick the ball away.

In fact, South Carroll kept most of the Liberty offense quiet. The Cavaliers, who finished with 11 shots, allowed Liberty only four and did a good job of keeping the ball out of its end of the field.

"Beating them to the ball was the biggest thing, especially in the second half," said Tamburo. "We knew what we had to do. We had to step up."

South Carroll also got good games on defense from Erin O'Neill and Stephanie Myers. As the game wore on, Tamburo became more aggressive, moving closer to midfield to repeatedly push the ball out of the South Carroll end as Liberty tried to rally.

"They did a nice job on defense," said Liberty coach Chuck Martin. "We couldn't get off clean shots at all."

South Carroll did not have many good chances either. The lone goal was not the best opportunity, but Courtney McCray made a perfect cross to Mitchell, who pushed it past goalie Angie Primavera with 1:43 left in the first half.

The Liberty defense repeatedly cleared the ball out of the box and rarely allowed the Cavaliers chances. Jen Berarducci, Megan Dunham, Kari Evans, Nikki Jones and Trish Young anchored the Liberty defense.

The South Carroll defense, meanwhile, has played well throughout the playoffs. The Cavaliers have yet to surrender a goal while beating Thomas Johnson (3-0), Atholton (1-0) and now Liberty.

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