WINFIELD — Century coach Becky Groves said her players work off of one other, and in the process it highlights what everyone on the field does best.
This combined effort helped the Knights win their ninth straight game with a 16-6 victory Monday over South Carroll at Parker Field, led by sophomore midfielder Madison Plitt’s five goals, and four goals and three assists from sophomore midfielder Demma Hall.
“I feel like we’re working really well together as a team this year and if someone needs to do their job, everyone else can help each other out,” Knights junior defender Kaitlyn Huber said. “It really helps when your middies are just as strong as your defenders. Madison can stop someone 1-v-1 and get the ball and run up the field so it’s really nice to have everyone be able to do everything for each other.”
The Knights (9-1, 4-0 in the Carroll County Athletic League) have outscored four county opponents 64-19 and allowed 10 or more goals just three times this spring, none of which were against county schools.
The teams exchanged goals early in the contest, and a free-position goal from Plitt evened the score at 4-4 with 10 minutes, 42 seconds left in the first half. Plitt’s tally sparked 6-0 scoring spurt for Century and the Knights carried a 9-4 lead into the half.
Plitt added two more goals in that burst.
Cavaliers senior midfielder Shannon Finch connected with Riley Evans for a goal that cut the deficit to 9-5 with 14:49 remaining. The Knights fired off the next six goals, two from sophomore Demma Hall and others from Maddie Bates, Grace Bruce, Plitt, and Caroline Little.
Evans and Finch connected for a second time with 4:27 remaining to bring the Cavaliers within nine of the Knights before Hall found the back of the net off a feed from Bruce with 48 seconds left to make it 16-6.
“Once we won the draw controls and got it down on offense and possessed the ball, we went through our plays and were just being patient so it was good for us,” Plitt said.
The Cavaliers suffered their first loss of the season against the Knights after going unbeaten in seven starts. Finch paced the Cavs with three goals and an assist. Abbey Behn notched two assists and Julia Weiss made 10 saves in goal for the Cavs (7-1, 2-1).
“There are always positives and negatives in every game we play and we continue to learn from them,” SC coach Brigid McTavish said. “I believe that we can learn a lot from the little things, getting to the ground balls, fighting for 50/50 pressure on defense. Century is a good team and we can bounce back from what we learned tonight.”
Goals: C-Caroline Little, Madison Plitt 5, Grace Bruce 2, Maddie Bates, Christina Haspert 3, Demma Hall 4; SC-Cailin Stromberg, Riley Evans, Shannon Finch 3, Jenna McDermott.
Assists: C-Bruce, Bates, Hall 3; SC-Finch, Abbey Behn 2.
Saves: C-3 (Brooke Harper); SC-10 (Julia Weiss).
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Halftime: Century, 9-4.