North-South match ends in 0-0 draw Result assures Cavaliers of at least county-title tie

October 22, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

In many games that end in scoreless ties, the action centers around the midfielders, with little activity inside the boxes. That was not the case last night, as visiting North Carroll and South Carroll went end-to-end for 100 minutes without a goal.

No. 10-ranked South Carroll now gets no worse than a tie for the county championship at 4-1-1, because North Carroll is 3-1-1, with a game remaining at Francis Scott Key Monday night.

A North Carroll win there would make the two co-champions. That would be particularly meaningful for the Panthers, who have not had a piece of any title since 1983, when county play began.

The backs and goalkeepers came up big in this one, although South Carroll might like to try again a pair of free kicks that Jodie Baier and Stephanie Wilson drilled over the crossbar. At the other end, a North Carroll shot hit a post and caromed away to be kicked out of danger.

The shots were even, 20 for North Carroll and 19 for South Carroll, with North keeper Beth Reeb credited with 12 saves and South's Mandy Hughes, six. Hughes, an All-County choice last year as a junior, came up big on her final save. The visitors had gotten free in the box, and she came out to get a loose ball out of the ensuing scramble.

North Carroll coach Jim MacDonald knew goals were going to be hard to come by because of Hughes, who has not allowed more than two goals (2-1 losses to Eleanor Roosevelt and Westminster) in a 7-4-1 campaign. She did not play in a 1-0 loss at Glenelg Monday and now has allowed six goals in 11 starts.

Reeb has had a tougher road at 7-5-2, giving up three goals three times, with one a victory.

For the Cavaliers, the experienced back line of Katie Hancock, Kim Lowry, Leah Onda, and Kellan Webb thwarted the visitors. Webb marked North Carroll's senior leader Danielle Shearer, and Hancock took Stephanie Rogers.

While North will play Monday at Key, South will play Monday at Frederick, and Tuesday at home against Linganore.

Pub Date: 10/22/98

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