N. Carroll tunes offense, thrashes Einstein, 12-0

Panthers grab lead 23 seconds in against 1-11 foe, advance to semis

3A West girls soccer

November 04, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

North Carroll got a breather last night.

After nipping county rival Liberty, 2-1, last week, the Panthers scored three goals in the first 10 minutes and blitzed visiting Einstein, 12-0, in a Class 3A West regional quarterfinal in Hampstead.

North Carroll, trying to make a return trip to the state finals, improved to 9-5-1 and advanced to the semifinals, where it will meet the winner of the Paint Branch-Damascus quarterfinal.

Einstein, the Kensington school which had a first-round bye, never challenged the Panthers and dropped to 1-12.

"With the setup of the tournament as it is, you must be prepared to play any team," said North Carroll coach Jim MacDonald, who alternated his starting lineup and reserve players every 10 minutes. "Last week, we played a team like Liberty that is very tough. We caught a break tonight."

Sophomore forward Lisa Worden downplayed questions of whether the easy win could come back to haunt the Panthers when they face squads tougher than the Titans.

"I don't think that really concerns anyone," said Worden, who scored two goals and assisted on another. "With this game and every game, we always go out wanting to play our best."

North Carroll needed just 23 seconds to open the game's scoring, with sophomore forward Jamie Tunney banging the first of her evening's two goals off the crossbar and into the net.

A little more than two minutes later, senior midfielder Jill Pyzik drilled a shot from about 10 yards into the left corner to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.

Sophomore forward Katie Riley made it 3-0, booting a rebound into the top-left corner in the eighth minute.

In the 10th minute, MacDonald replaced his starters with reserves, who did not score against Einstein sophomore goalie Valerie Anderson.

But when the starters returned in the 20th minute, Tunney's shot on a breakaway slipped under Anderson's diving body to sophomore forward Maria Humphries, who tapped the ball into the open net for a 4-0 lead.

Junior midfielders Molly Meredith and Brooke Collins scored goals 2: 09 apart to end the first half, and North Carroll scored six more in the second half.

Anderson finished the game with 19 saves. Panthers senior goalie Beth Reeb made one save, in the 17th minute. Sophomore Kim Howdyshell, who replaced Reeb in the second half, did not have to make a single save.

"My team is very young, and we have a lot of problems with communication," Einstein coach Joelle Sheldon said of her squad, which has no seniors and just five juniors. "Our skills, although they've improved, aren't up to what teams like North Carroll can do."

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