Carpenter nudges Perry Hall to victory

Gator scores 23 seconds into overtime to lift No. 4 over No. 11 Franklin, 1-0

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 03, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Perry Hall's Lori Carpenter knew last night's overtime girls soccer contest with visiting Franklin likely would come down to one split-second chance.

The No. 4 Gators and the No. 11 Indians had dueled to a scoreless tie in regulation with neither team getting many good shots on goal. Carpenter, however, got one 23 seconds into overtime and she made the most of it.

Just seconds after the opening whistle, she and teammate Brittany McKew battled Franklin back Wendy Stahl for the ball on the left side of the box. In the scuffle, Stahl ended up on the ground. Carpenter saw her opening and lofted the ball over Franklin keeper Aly Josephs for the 1-0 victory.

"It was real physical and [McKew] just kind of nudged me over," said Stahl, who had played a terrific game despite a sore ankle. "She passed right back to [Carpenter], who took the shot from out wide. No one could really stop her, because no one else was near her."

Carpenter moved around Stahl, turned on the ball and slipped it just under the crossbar.

"I didn't look up, just took it," said the senior striker. "I knew [Josephs] was a little short and I could get it over her head, so I just chipped it up and over."

Josephs conceded Carpenter took a great shot.

"I felt like I got my fingers on it, but it was just one of those balls that kind of drooped over my head," said the senior keeper. "Wendy can stop anyone, but with Wendy on the ground, she had a wide open shot."

Throughout regulation, both teams played inspired defense, with Stahl, Erin Chisnell, Erin Hallock and Kendall Thrift leading the Indians (4-3-2 overall). Ashley Carroll, Allie Barreiro, Kirstin Gauvin and Katie Orlando paced the Gators (8-1).

"We both were pumped up, ready to play," said Carpenter. "We both needed to win this game to make it to the county championship."

The Gators' victory leaves them with the only unbeaten record in the county's highly-competitive Division I. At 5-0, the defending division and county champions have the edge over Parkville (3-1), Franklin (1-1-1) and No. 12 Eastern Tech (3-1-1).

The showdown for the division title could come on Oct. 11 when Parkville plays host to the Gators at 3:45. The Knights, who suffered two of their three losses last season to Perry Hall, have lost to Franklin, 4-2, but still have to play Eastern Tech on Wednesday.

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