The South Carroll boys soccer team was looking to make it two upset county wins in two nights yesterday when they traveled to Eldersburg to face the Liberty Lions.
Though dominated much of the contest, the Cavaliers made the most of their few opportunities to claim a 3-2 win.
It was a great two nights for the Cavs, who went into Monday's game against North Carroll winless in six games.
"The guys never quit," South Carroll coach Charles Fazenbaker said.
"After a rough game last night, they came out and played well."
The Cavaliers (2-6) took a 1-0 lead at the 26:57 mark of the first half when Tim Beck put the ball past Liberty goalie Greg Schad after a scramble in front. Adam Aulestia, up from the junior varsity squad for this game, got credited with the assist.
They made it 2-0 five minutes later when Brian Anderson scored the first of his two goals. Anderson beat Schad with a high shot that found its way into the right corner. At that point, the Lions (4-3-2) had outshot the Cavaliers, 9-4, but struggled to finish on a number of solid scoring chances.
The Lions made it 2-1 with just over five minutes left in the first half when Mike Knoerlein connected on a header off a flip throw-in by Mike Sheehan.
It was the opportunities the Lions failed to score on that proved to be the difference.
Knoerlein hit the post at the 22:43 mark; Kevin Henderson hit a rocket shot off a direct kick at the 30-yard mark that sailed just high at the 14:53 mark; and Josh Gursky had a chance to tie things up a minute after the Lions' first goal.
And that was in the first half alone.
"They came out working very hard and beating us to the ball in the first half," Liberty coach Lee Kestler said.
"I told our kids they were going to be ready to play after beating North Carroll. We had to come out and play 80 minutes and we didn't do it and they did."
Anderson made it 3-1 for the Cavs 10 minutes into the second half off an assist from Adam Hendrickson. It proved to be the game-winner.
Mike Szymanski made it interesting with 14:56 left, beating South Carroll goalie Brian Peltier with a low
shot at the opposite post. The Lions had several opportunities to tie it up late, but the Cavaliers' defense held.
After Henderson hit the post off a direct kick just outside the 18-yard mark with nine minutes left, Jason Dunbar had two consecutive chances with just under seven minutes left but failed to capitalize.
The Lions outshot the Cavaliers, 34-9, on the game with Peltier coming up with 17 saves in the South Carroll net.
When asked whether he was pleased with the effort by Peltier, Fazenbaker responded, "Yes, yes, yes. What more can I say."