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South Carroll senior Sam Crossman talks about his team's win over Century.

Even on a night when South Carroll didn't play one of its better games, the visiting Cavaliers still had enough of everything to outlast an inspired Century team, 9-8, Wednesday.

South Carroll had to fight to the end to subdue Century on senior night as attackman Sam Crossman scored four goals.

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"It was a great victory, but we know we are going to face Century in the playoffs," said Cavaliers' coach Brad Widner, whose team improved to 8-4 overall and 5-1 in the county. "We beat them in the regular season last year, then they turned it around and beat us in the playoffs."

South Carroll senior midfielder Jake MacKenzie scored the Cavaliers final two goals, including what proved to be the game-winner with 8:13 remaining.

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That goal made it 9-7.

Century (7-5 overall, 3-2 county) threw a major scare into South Carroll with 4:56 left, when Jalen Stanton scored unassisted to draw the Knights within 9-8.

But Century didn't capitalize on two scoring opportunities down the stretch as officials waived off a Brett Kropinski goal waived off because of a crease violation and Carter Truby hit a post.

"I think we played rushed," Century coach Jeremy Benson said of his team's second-half performance. "We got flustered. We wanted to score quickly because we got a couple early and we thought we could keep scoring."

Evan Usi earned Century's first goal of the second half, sprinting about three quarters of the field and scoring on hard low shot.

After Cavaliers' goalie Evan Hock made a point-blank save on a Kropinski's shot, Crossman scored his third goal of the game to tie it at 6.

He scored again with 3:08 remaining to give South Caroll a 7-6 advantage.

The Knights showed plenty of intensity to start the game.

Dave Burkhart scored 18 seconds into play on feed from Kropinski.

About three minutes later, Burkhart scored again. He beat sophomore goalie Jakob Janusz on a low shot.

Century goalie Chris Yanchoris was at his best early in the first quarter, making three consecutive stops before the Cavaliers found the back of the cage. He finished with 12 saves

After South Carroll's Jacob Klein scored an unassisted goal midway through the first quarter, Colin Welch converted a pass from Andrew Fleishell to give the Knights a 3-1 lead.

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South Carroll had three unanswered goals — two came from Crossman — to go ahead 4-3 before Kropinski scored with six seconds left in the quarter.

It took more than eight minutes before either team scored in the second quarter.

Stanton recorded an unassisted goal on a blistering shot to put Century ahead 5-4 with 3:52 left.

South Caroll's Adam McCarty finished the first-half scoring.

Goals: C-Dave Burkhart 2, Colin Welch 2, Jalen Stanton 2, Brett Kropinski, Evan Usi. SC-Sam Crossman 4, Adam McCarty 2, Jake MacKenzie 2, Kyle Worsley.

Assists: C-Kropinski 2, Welch, Ashley Roberts, Andrew Fleishell.

Saves: SC-11 (Jakob Janusz 5, Evan Hock 4); C-12 (Chris Yanchoris).

Halftime: 5-5.

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