Ex-Cavs help Century beat S. Carroll in OT, 2-1

Lamont scores winner

Knights improve to 4-0

Girls soccer

High Schools

September 19, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For at least two members of Century's girls soccer team, last night's county matchup at neighboring South Carroll was a homecoming of sorts.

While Kelly Kasper and Lauren Schwarzmann, both former South Carroll varsity players, returned to the scene of countless memories, it was one of their teammates who finished the night by making one of her own.

Lindsay Lamont took a cross from Megan Mills and popped the ball high over the head of goalie Amanda Frushour with 3:08 left in the first sudden-death overtime, lifting the Knights to an emotional 2-1 win over the Cavaliers.

For Lamont, herself a former South Carroll JV player who transferred to Century when that school opened last year, the significance of the moment wasn't lost.

"I just saw Megan Mills cross it, and I thought, `I've got to get this for Kelly and Lauren. This is for Kasper and Schwarzmann,' " Lamont said, '`That's what went through my head."

Schwarzmann, a junior, played for South Carroll's varsity in 2000 as a freshman. Kasper, also a junior, played for the Cavaliers through last year, able to stay at the school until her older sister, Jen, graduated. Jen Kasper is now a freshman lacrosse player at UMBC.

Kasper and Schwarzmann played large roles last night for Century (4-0). Kasper continually peppered the goal with hard shots, including several during a spurt in which Century took eight of nine shots to open the second half. Schwarzmann scored the tying goal on a penalty kick after South Carroll was called for a hand ball in the box with 6:44 left in regulation.

"You can't ever question a referee on a PK," said Cavaliers coach Jerry Janowich, who said his team had superior passing, but failed to get breaks. "We probably could've gotten to the ball a little sooner. Then we wouldn't even have gotten in that situation."

Karyn Farrar had given South Carroll (2-2) a 1-0 lead with 9:12 left, breaking Century's string of three straight shutouts.

Janowich, who has known both former players since they were 8, said the night brought back memories.

"Honestly, we miss them a lot up here, but life goes on," he said.

For Kasper, the evening was particularly special.

"I've been pumped up for this forever," Kasper said. "It was difficult to come back here without my sister being here. Being here made me think of old memories of her, and it just felt so good to beat them without her."

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