This time, the night belonged to Amber Clutter and her quick-moving South Carroll High teammates in a second showdown of the season against high-scoring Ashlee Douglas and North Carroll.
Clutter scored two goals to lead the Cavaliers to a 3-2 victory over the Panthers in Eldersburg in an emotional battle between two of the top girls' soccer teams in Carroll County.
Clutter scored the winning goal with 10:42 left in the game when she broke away from the defense and beat goalkeeper Teresa Mays from 10 yards out.
It was the second goal of the night for Clutter who now has 10 goals in seven games for the Cavaliers (6-1).
The first duel between Clutter, only a sophomore, and Douglas, a senior, wound up in a 3-3 tie. Clutter and Douglas each scored once in that game.
Clutter gave South Carroll a 1-0 advantage 17:47 into
the game yesterday when she scored from five yards out off a pass from Kim Woodward.
The Cavaliers ran their lead to 2-0 at 25:28 of the first half when Niki Robitaille rocketed in a shot from 20 yards out.
Robitaille's shot went off Mays' fingertips and seemed to take a lot of fight out of North Carroll (3-3-2).
But the Panthers began to rally 18 minutes into the second half when Julie Baker scored from in front of the net to reduce the lead to 2-1.
Four minutes later North Carroll tied it on a corner kick by Jenny Baker that hit South Carroll goalkeeper Kendra Pulis' hands and trickled into the goal.
The two North Carroll goals came a couple of minutes after South Carroll had failed to capitalize on two breakaway opportunities.
However, Clutter saved the night for the Cavaliers with a play that displayed all her talents.
Clutter used her speed to outrun four North Carroll defenders for the ball, and then used her athletic ability to keep the ball under control and stick it in the net.
Meanwhile, Douglas was frustrated most of the night.
She entered the game with 10 goals and got off six shots last night. But none of the shots were really close to going in the net.