South Carroll holds Liberty to 1-1 tie Cavaliers say they belong with area's elite teams

Girls soccer

September 19, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

South Carroll staked its claim for a place among the area's elite teams when it played home-standing No. 2-ranked Liberty to a 1-1 overtime tie last night. It was a draw both sides have come to know well over the last two years.

For this season, it was the third tie in four starts for South Carroll's Cavaliers, who held a 1-0 lead for some 31 minutes in the middle of the contest, and the third in seven games for Liberty.

Overall, it was the fourth straight double-overtime game these two friendly rivals have had, as Liberty's Lions won two and tied one last year.

The game capped what had been three days of rollercoaster emotions for the Eldersburg school. Tuesday morning, it had a ranking of No. 11 in a national coaches' poll. Tuesday night, it was banged around as Westminster won, 2-1, in double overtime.

Although both teams have had trouble scoring, and each had better opportunities than the shots that went in, that didn't detract from what was an excellent game, well-played from end to end. The result was some fine play by the backs and goalkeepers.

For South Carroll, it was Kristin Swinimer, a senior tri-captain, in front of junior Amanda Hughes, an All-County choice last year, and at the other end Erica Gordon and freshman Crystal Rivas in front of Gina Cinquegrani.

Cinquegrani had a swollen knee from the Westminster game, and was doubtful as late as Wednesday night. She played well, however, although required to make only three saves. Kelly Knudson, who had started 28 straight games, was out with a severely sprained ankle, although she made a token appearance in the second half.

"Coming in, the girls were loose, relaxed," South Carroll coach Jim Horn said. "There was no special preparation. They thought they could play with Liberty. Now they know for sure."

Afterward, he declared, "We can't put the ball in the net. We had two open-goal chances and a break-away and didn't score. We might not have won, but we proved we belong. This is a quality team."

The Lions coach, Sam DeLaurence, said of his midfield meeting with Horn, "I was sincere, thanking him for bringing to Liberty the quality of soccer he did. This was a great game. We had some quality chances, especially in the second half, but could not convert."

The one goal, by Trish Young, came on a shot from the right wing that hit the inside of the far post and caromed into the unprotected corner.

South Carroll scored with seven minutes left in the half on a shot by Courtney McCray off a pass from Brooke Maynard.

The best picture of the game came from the two coaches, as each thought his team had outplayed the other and should have won. The result was a superb effort betweeen two evenly-matched squads.

South Carroll will be home against Westminster on Monday, and Liberty will be at Urbana next Thursday.

Pub Date: 9/19/97

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