N. Carroll bounces Cavaliers, 1-0, out of regional playoffs Shearer's header wins

Walter Johnson's next

November 05, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

It was a long time coming, but as far as North Carroll was concerned, its 1-0 victory over South Carroll last night could not have come at a better time.

A header from about 8 yards by Danielle Shearer off a long throw-in by Amy Bromwell caromed off the right post into the goal with nine minutes left, and the Panthers' defense made it stand up for the win.

The decision was the first for North Carroll (8-5-2) over South Carroll (9-5-1) since 1993, although there had been ties, most recently a scoreless match two weeks ago.

The Panthers now move along to the Class 3A regional semifinal Saturday at Montgomery County's Walter Johnson, a 3-0 winner over Wheaton.

The goal came with a suddenness after nearly 70 minutes of end-to-end play.

The throw-in from about 30 yards out on the right side was one Bromwell had made several times earlier, but this time Shearer was right on the spot off the line and she headed it to the right post. The ball hit the inside of the post and ricocheted behind goalkeeper Mandy Hughes.

All Hughes, an All-County keeper last year who has a school-record 28 career shutouts, including nine this year, could say, emphasizing each word, was "One inch. One inch. I'm so frustrated."

So were her teammates, who had several decent scoring chances but were thwarted by a defense anchored by senior sweeper Kellen Hentz, and junior goalkeeper Beth Reeb.

Perhaps more important was North Carroll's midfield play, sparked by junior Heather Easter and sophomores Erin Lamotte and Molly Meredith, who time and again thwarted the short passing game of the visitors.

Meanwhile, North Carroll used its long-ball style to create some scoring chances, accentuated by the speed of freshman wing Katie Riley (seven goals on the year) on through balls.

But either the home side did not finish -- shots that went wide or were headed over the crossbar -- or the South Carroll defense, led by sophomore sweeper Leah Onda, blocked out.

"Onda gets to every ball," Shearer said, "and [South Carroll defender] Katie Hancock stuck to Stephanie Rogers like glue, so we just had to keep working at it."

Rogers came in having scored 11 goals.

Of Bromwell's throw, the senior forward said, "She's been doing that all year. We've had so many goals off her throw-ins."

North Carroll coach Jim MacDonald said the time after the goal "was the longest nine minutes of my life."

"We knew South Carroll had a great defense and were concerned with two things," he said. They were: "Finishing off plays, and putting up a tight defense without getting penalized. We didn't want to give them those free hits."

Westminster 2, Annapolis 1: Mandy Komar scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 30th minute, as the Owls (6-9) edged the Panthers (5-7-2) in Class 4A East. Michele Payne had Annapolis' goal. Westminster hosts Severna Park in the semifinals Saturday.

No. 10 Fallston 6, Kenwood 0: Lauren O'Brien and Erika Neuser scored twice each as the visiting Cougars (9-2-2) breezed in Class 3A North. Fallston had a three-goal lead with 10 minutes left before halftime. The Cougars host Bel Air at 5 p.m. Saturday.

County boys

South Carroll 2, North Carroll 1 PKs: Pete Shaffer scored the game-winner and goalkeeper Brian Lapato added the insurance goal as the Cavaliers took a penalty-kick shootout, 8-6, in Class 3A West. Greg Hymiller gave South Carroll a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute; Tim Wilfong tied it in the 66th minute.

Liberty 7, Damascus 0: Mike Bowers had a goal in each half and Joey Fiorani chipped in two assists as the host Lions (9-4) breezed their way to a Class 3A West quarterfinal win.

Curley-McDonogh rematch looms in MIAA A

Steve Althoff, Steve Novak and George Bakoulas scored as No. 1-ranked Archbishop Curley (17-0-1) defeated No. 11 Loyola, 3-0, yesterday to advance to Saturday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament-title game.

That 6: 30 p.m. game at Johns Hopkins University will be against No. 2 McDonogh, which defeated No. 9 Calvert Hall, 3-1, in yesterday's other tournament semifinal.

Pub Date: 11/05/98

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