S. Carroll regains control of neighborhood Cavaliers rally to beat Liberty, 2-1, end 5-game losing streak to rival

Girls soccer

September 30, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

South Carroll earned a winning return on a solid all-around effort last night, getting a second-half goal from Katie Gardner to upend Liberty, 2-1, and end a string of five successive losses to its neighborhood rival.

"That's the gutsiest effort I've seen in 12 years as a coach at South Carroll. You refused to give up," Jim Horn told his team. Later he said, "We wanted to pressure them -- go after every ball -- and it turned out to be as well as we've played as a team for 80 minutes this season."

The outcome lifted South Carroll to 4-2 overall, 2-0 in the Central Maryland Conference, while Liberty dipped to 4-3-1 and 1-1.

Of its eight games, the Eldersburg team has scored more than one goal only twice, beating St. Mary's in the opener, 3-2, and losing to Good Counsel last Friday, 3-2.

The Carroll schools will go at it again Saturday at 6 p.m., when they are scheduled to complete the suspended game (electrical storm) of Oct. 17. The contest will be resumed with the score tied, 1-1, and 29 minutes left in the first half.

"We needed a few breaks because they're such a quality team," Horn said.

To which Liberty coach Sam DeLaurence said, "Give them the credit. They outplayed us, out-hustled us, out-coached us.

"At the half, I knew we were in trouble, but I was pretty calm talking to the girls. I wanted them to play through it."

The home side opened and closed its scoring 12 minutes into the first half when freshman forward Kelly Fiorani sent a perfect pass to Michele Allen in the middle, and the junior split two defenders to put a nice touch on the ball, keeping it away from an on-rushing Mandy Hughes, South Carroll's senior goalkeeper.

Chrissy Murphy tied it six minutes later when a backward pass from a Liberty defender went awry. When keeper Gina Cinquegrani could not get to the ball, it gave Murphy a solo run on an unguarded goal.

Gardner's game-winner was a high looping shot that soared over Cinquegrani's head and came down at the back of the net.

For much of the contest, the visitors controlled the 50-50 balls and thwarted Liberty with a defense led by junior Katie Hancock and sophomores Kim Lowry and Leah Onda. It was Onda who spoiled one potential scoring threat by the Lions when she took on their superb senior midfielder Trish Young one-on-one and deflected the ball away.

"Our communication is getting better and we're learning what each other will do," said Hughes, a four-year starter in goal for the Cavaliers. She was referring to a move that sent Sandy Lagana, a former back, to the midfield, leaving Hancock with the less experienced sophomores.

"We had two specific marks -- Kellan Webb on Young and Hancock on Allen -- and they were great," said Hughes.

Of his keeper, Horn said, "We had to make sure they didn't get good shots, and when the pressure was there, she rose to the occasion."

DeLaurence said his team tried to disguise Allen, playing her down low in the middle, "but nothing seemed to work. They played really well, so I can't be disappointed."

Pub Date: 9/30/98

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