A surprising loss to Middletown three weeks ago cost South Carroll's field hockey team the Monocacy Valley Athletic League championship, so the No. 3 Cavaliers weren't about to let anyone stand between them and the Carroll County title.
In yesterday's regular-season finale, the Cavaliers polished off their third straight county crown, beating upstart Century, 2-0, on goals from Stephanie Kisic and Liz Fries. Not only did the Cavaliers (12-1-1) finish 6-0 in the county, but they did not allow a goal to a county opponent all season.
The Knights (7-3-3, 4-1-1) could have stolen the county title from their Sykesville neighborhood rivals with a win, because the only blemish on their county record was a 1-1 tie with Liberty. The game took on an added edge too, because Century had tied Middletown, 0-0, a week after the Cavaliers fell to the Frederick County team, 1-0.
In the end, however, South Carroll's experience made the difference in a close game, said Century coach Gayle Taylor.
"I felt like we held our own, considering we have four sophomores on the field at all times," Taylor said.
The visiting Cavaliers scored off their first penalty corner just five minutes into the game. Fries sent a drive toward the goal that Kisic redirected into the corner past shielded Knights goalie Hope Ellis.
"Our goal was to get the hits off quick," Kisic said. "Liz hit it and [Angelica Ervin] covered the goalie, so the goalie couldn't really see it too well, which is perfect. It went right in."
Although the Cavaliers had seven penalty corners to Century's four, the Knights' defense handled the rest.
Fries gave the Cavaliers an insurance goal with 3:22 left.
The Knights could get one more shot at the Cavaliers in the regional playoffs, which begin Tuesday.