Girls Soccer: Morrison, Knights, feeling better after CCAL victory over SC

Summer Morrison said she had a gut feeling she wasn’t going to play well coming into Tuesday night’s Carroll County Athletic League matchup against South Carroll.

She was displeased with her warm-ups, but before heading onto the field got a pep talk from teammate and senior midfielder Kit Guillen — which provided confidence and composure for the junior midfielder/forward.


Her gut feeling couldn’t have been more wrong.

Emily Streett’s cross into the box gave Morrison a one-on-one opportunity with Cavs’ goalie Paige Abbott with 29:30 left in the first half and she buried the shot into the bottom left corner of the net.

Her lone goal proved to be the difference for Century in a 1-0 victory.

“I went into the game and was like, ‘I got this, got to over overcome the feeling,’” Morrison said. “I just saw the ball coming … It hit my foot perfectly and went right in the corner.”

Shin guards clashed and the echoing of the head referee’s whistle was heard consistently in a physical game throughout the entire 80 minutes.

It’s what Carroll girls soccer comes to expect.

“Every county game is a tough game,” Knights coach Sara Figuly said. “We knew that they were aggressive and fast. We just wanted to come out hard and play the entire game.”

Century controlled the tempo throughout most of the first half. Morrison and the midfield group thwarted scoring chances for the Cavs by and winning the 50-50 balls in the air and sending accurate passes up the field.

The Cavs threatened before intermission. Grace Anderson broke past two Knights defenders down the right side of the field, but her shot sailed wide right past junior goalie Jordyn Vanarsdale.

Vanarsdale tallied six saves for the Knights.

Century's Emily Musk and South Carroll's Lexi Winkler battle for the ball October 2, 2018 at South Carroll High School in Winfield.
Century's Emily Musk and South Carroll's Lexi Winkler battle for the ball October 2, 2018 at South Carroll High School in Winfield. (Ken Koons/Carroll County Times / Carroll County Times)

South Carroll’s offensive push was stronger in the second half. Lexi Winkler found a scoring opportunity in front of the net but couldn’t convert.

Moments later, Ella Hollinger connected on a through pass to Grace Anderson and her cross sailed over the back of the goal.

Century nearly doubled their lead late in the game. Haley Greenwade’s touch gave her a shot in front of the net, but a sliding Abbott kept the Cavs’ hopes alive.

Abbott made six saves for SC.


“We definitely created more in the second half,” South Carroll coach Andrew Isacco said. “I wish we played the whole game like that but that’s the way it goes sometimes. [Century] stepped up, we weren’t able to find the net but we put a lot more pressure on them.

“They’re a good team … They made us pay for one mistake we made.”

Despite holding a tight lead throughout the second half, Figuly said she didn’t want her team to stop the offensive momentum. The Knights were looking to add on to their scoring total.

“We’re always trying to add one,” she said.

The Knights’ defense held strong on the backline and Figuly said she was impressed with the units’ composure in a tight matchup after only playing together a few times this season.

County games have been few and far between so far this season due to inclement weather, and both sides were elated to finally start playing more consistently.

But with that comes a challenge and Figuly hopes her team can keep the momentum with a home game against Atholton.

“We’ve got a game [Wednesday] so we’ve got to move on from here,” she said. “Take what we learned from today and what we need to work on still and do it tomorrow.”

Goals: C-Summer Morrison

Assists: C-Emily Streett

Saves: SC- 6 (Paige Abbott); C-6 (Jordyn Vanarsdale)

Halftime: Century, 1-0