No. 8-ranked North Carroll (12-1) got goals from three players in beating Liberty, 3-0, in a Class 3A North regional in Eldersburg yesterday.
The victory means North Carroll will be at home at 3 p.m. Tuesday against Broadneck (6-5-1), which drew a first-round bye. The semifinal will be a rematch of a first-round pairing a year ago in which the Anne Arundel County school ousted North Carroll, 3-2.
The Panthers' win yesterday was their third over Liberty (5-8) this season. North Carroll had opened the season against the Lions with a 3-1 decision, then squeezed out a 2-1 verdict two weeks ago over coach Diana Weinapple's improved squad.
This time, too many skills and too much at stake were key factors in North Carroll's triumph, as the Hampstead school charged back from its only loss of the season, 2-1 to Westminster last week.
"The midfield did a good job of keeping the ball in the offensive end, generating our offense," North Carroll coach Denean Koontz said, "and it was nice to have three different scorers."
The midfield play of senior captains Erin German and Meredith Gill and junior Lauren Moore has been chiefly responsible for setting up an attack that has scored a county-high 36 goals, while serving as the front line of a defense that has allowed 10.
Jessica Bradford set up the first two North Carroll goals.
She had a hit from the edge of the circle that Misty MacMillan deflected home in the first half. Then she drilled a line drive from outside the circle that went straight to senior Katie Mullinix, who knocked the ball behind junior goalkeeper Kate Hartman.
The Panthers' final goal came in the last minute, when freshman Melanie Slessinger scored her fifth goal off senior Sara Stone's feed.
"From day one, every single one of my players has shown some sort of marked improvement, whether in fundamentals, or concepts, or strategy," Weinapple said. Her team includes 10 seniors from last year's 3-11 regional semifinalists.
Westminster 3, Perry Hall 0: Michele Winebrunner, Nikki Waltz and Laura Yingling scored first-half goals to lead the host Owls (10-5) over the Baltimore County team in Class 4A South. Emily White turned aside the only shot of the day for the Gators (4-5-1).
Catonsville 2, South Carroll 1: Kara MacLeod scored the game-winner 45 seconds into the second half as the host Comets (10-1-1) beat the Cavaliers (5-7-1) in Class 3A North. Erin Coberth opened the scoring at 17: 58 of the first half. Catonsville visits Wilde Lake in a semifinal on Tuesday.
Pub Date: 10/30/98