In a battle between the last two Carroll County field hockey teams without a league loss this fall, Liberty edged Century by a score of 2-1 Tuesday to take control of the county title race.
The Lions (4-0, 9-3) got goals from Jenna Evans and Caitlyn Szarko in the win over a Century (5-1, 8-2-1) team that came in having won eight straight games. Szarko and Kyla Seitz added assists for Liberty, which also had goalie Emma Meissner make 14 saves.
Century got its goal from Ella Morris off an assist from Mackenzie Feltz with 1:40 left in regulation.
Liberty has county games remaining against Manchester Valley and FSK.
FSK 2, South Carroll 0
The Eagles (3-1, 6-2) earned the shutout win over the Cavaliers (1-4, 6-5) behind an all-around team effort. Chloe Kincaid scored in the first quarter off an assist from Kayla Seiler to put FSK up 1-0. A second goal didn’t come until the fourth quarter when Hannah Boyer scored off of a save by South Carroll’s goalie Lily Shaeffer to leave the Eagles up 2-0 when the buzzer sounded.
FSK goalie Gillian Gladden had 11 saves and the Eagles also got a defensive save by Kayla Strahotsky.
Westminster 3, Winters Mill 2
The Owls (2-3, 6-4) edged past the Falcons (0-4. 2-9). Goals for Winters Mill were scored by Caitlyn Erlichman and Abby Kuhlmann, both coming off assists from Brooke Berrol, to go along with goalie Sophia Vallandingham making seven saves.
Century 3, Liberty 1
South Carroll 4, FSK 1
The Cavaliers (3-2, 5-2) moved above .500 in league play with the win over the Eagles (0-6, 1-7), who got their lone goal from Jodie Staub on a play that started with a corner kick. Madelyn Boyce scored two second-half goals to lead South Carroll, which also got goals from Kylie Malone and Peyton Wenczkowski. Callie Chesney picked up an assist for the Cavaliers.
C. Milton Wright 2, Manchester Valley 1 OT
Emilee Axelsson’s overtime goal pushed the Mustangs (5-4-1) past the host Mavericks (4-6-1) in non-league play.
CMW’s second-half goal was scored by Morgan Kovacic, assisted by Sean Luk. Manchester Valley’s goal, also scored in the second half, came from Emma Penczek. CMW goalie Kaitlyn Williford had three saves and Manchester Valley keeper Emma Lander stopped 10 shots.
Liberty 4, Century 3
Winters Mill 4, Westminster 3
The Falcons (2-4, 6-4) battled back from a 2-0 deficit and an early red card to defeat the Owls (4-2, 7-4) by a goal. Ben Weller led the way with two goals and an assist. Reed Postlethwait and Brandon Estrada added goals of their own, while Brandon Taylor, Ethan Sandoval, and Owen Boone contributed assists. Manny Gavidia had nine saves in the win, while Ethan Sandoval, Owen Boone, Brandon Taylor, Camden Deming and Maddox Shuman willed a strong defensive performance despite Winters Mill playing a man down for a majority of the game
South Carroll 4, FSK 1
The Cavaliers (3-2, 6-4) took a 2-0 lead on the Eagles (0-6, 1-6) into halftime on goals by Chase Fowble and Danny Caparotti. Caparotti and Camden Larson added goals in the second half. Griffin Garvis scored the lone goal for FSK in the second half. The Cavs got assists from Caparotti and Hunter Curtin. Kieran Russel recorded 12 saves for the Eagles, while the Cavs got two saves each from Cole Anderson and Landon Pugliese, along with one save from Connor Peters.
Century def. Winters Mill — 3-0 [25-13, 25-18, 25-21]
The Knights (5-2, 7-2) swept the Falcons (3-5, 3-7) behind big games from Jazzy Stanton (7 kills and 6 aces), Eva Brandt (15 kills), Maggie Abramson (25 assists) and Alyssa Hoffman (14 service points with 5 aces).
Liberty def. FSK — 3-0 [ 25-12, 25-10, 25-9]
The Lions (7-1, 7-1) were led in the win over the Eagles (1-7, 1-7) by Juniors Sarah Hart (7 kills, 4 aces, 4 digs and a block), Paige Coulson (4 kills, 9 aces, 6 digs) and Jenna Liska (4 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs). Senior Alise Shotwell had 5 kills and junior Erin Gossard contributed 4 aces.
South Carroll def. Manchester Valley — 3-1 [25-11, 14-25, 28-26, 25-23]
The Cavaliers (4-4, 5-5) beat visiting Manchester Valley (0-7, 0-10) in four sets. Leaders in the victory for South Carroll were Casey Reno with 9 service aces and Cali Kalishek with 21 digs. Nine different Cavaliers recorded a kill.
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Leaders for the Mavericks in the loss were Libby Burkhouse (29 assists), Sarah Brisson (9 kills, 20 digs), Emma Shaffer (14 kills and 2 blocks) and Sydney Cushen (2 blocks).