N. Carroll beats clock, Hammond, 7-6

March 27, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

It took about 30 seconds yesterday afternoon to get a glimpse at North Carroll's mix of experience and youth.

Visiting Hammond took a one-goal lead with 39 seconds left when the combination struck. Senior attacker Stacy Cook, one of only four players returning from last year's team, scooped up a loose ball on the ensuing draw at midfield and went the distance for her second goal to get the Panthers even with 26 seconds left.

Sophomore Kristen Dowlin later found open space in front of the Hammond net to score with one second left to give the Panthers a 7-6 win in the season opener for both teams.

It was the second goal of the afternoon for Dowlin, who also had an assist in her first varsity game. She got behind the Hammond defense along the right side and beat goalie Cayley Pendergrass with a shot high to the right side.

"I knew I didn't have a lot of time to shoot," Dowlin said. "I couldn't have done it without my teammates. I was called up for the playoffs last season, but didn't get in."

Annie Eggers' goal gave the Panthers a 5-4 lead five minutes into the second half and the Panthers had five solid chances to increase the lead, but Pendergrass kept the Golden Bears close.

Emily Bielefeld's second goal of the afternoon tied the score at 5.

With 39 seconds left, Hammond's Mara Finglass scored her second goal to give the Golden Bears a 6-5 lead.

"We knew it wasn't over. There was 30 seconds left and we knew we needed to get possession of the draw," said North Carroll coach Denean Koontz. "Stacy's a senior who's been on varsity for three years. She brings us leadership, and we have confidence in her and want her with the ball in that situation. She came through."

The Panthers weren't done yet, with Dowlin scoring the winner.

"This team learned a valuable lesson today," said Hammond coach Gay Petrlik. "The last 30 seconds you just can't let down. The excitement was high with the clock on the field and everyone intense. That was a pretty rough way to lose. I have a young team meshing with an experienced group and there's a lot of potential."

Pub Date: 3/27/96

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