Fries helps S. Carroll stay in chase for titles

Cavaliers top Key, remain on top in county, CMC

Field hockey

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October 16, 2002|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Liz Fries knows that she's the player her South Carroll teammates look to when the heat is on. But she doesn't mind the pressure at all.

Fries came through again yesterday, scoring both South Carroll goals, the second one coming with 1:04 left in the first sudden-death overtime period to give the host Cavaliers a 2-1 victory over stubborn Francis Scott Key in a Carroll County soccer game.

The Cavaliers have their sights set on at least sharing the county title and winning the Central Maryland Conference crown. If South Carroll (7-0-1 overall, 5-0-1) and North Carroll both win their remaining county games, the teams would share the title. They played to a 1-1 tie last month in their only meeting and could have identical county records.

But if South Carroll and North Carroll both win the remaining CMC games, the Cavaliers would get that title because they would be undefeated with one tie while the Panthers would be undefeated with two - they also played Frederick to a scoreless tie last month.

Fries is a big reason the Cavaliers are in this position, and have had what coach Erin Soulen calls "a magical year." The sophomore now has 24 points through eight games and continues to make the plays the Cavaliers need.

"It's a lot of pressure on [me]," Fries said. "But I like the pressure."

The pressure certainly was there in yesterday's game, one of South Carroll's least inspired efforts of the season. Coming off a big 2-0 victory over longtime rival Westminster - the first time South Carroll has beaten the Owls in 21 years - the Cavaliers looked flat before finally taking off in the final 10 minutes of regulation and controlling overtime.

"We didn't play up to our abilities," Soulen said. "We had possession, but we definitely weren't capitalizing."

Francis Scott Key (3-7, 1-3) surprised the Cavaliers by scoring the game's first goal on a Laura Lamb shot with 4:59 left in the first half. But Fries answered just 1:45 later by flipping a rebound of her own shot past Francis Scott Key goalie Erin Raab.

The Key defense, led by Rachel Brownley and Brittany Oliver, kept turning away the Cavaliers.

But everything finally came together in overtime. Britt Woodfield started the winning play, sending the ball to Fries on a corner hit. Fries then blasted a shot just inside the near post to give the Cavaliers a tough win.

"It's taken us all season, but we're coming together now," said Key coach Alison Weiss. "They had to earn their win."

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