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North Carroll senior Ashlee Douglas scored eight minutes into overtime to lift the Panthers past visiting Westminster, 1-0, in girls soccer last night.

"I was just thinking about beating the defender and I knew I was in too close to pass, so I was trying to keep it low on the goal," Douglas said. "We've lost to them the last three times by one goal, so this is really a big win for us."

The win improved the Panthers to 6-3-2, while Westminster fell to 5-3.

"This was just a super effort from all our kids, and we're happy to come out on the winning end," North Carroll coach Phil Myers said.

The game appeared to be a carbon copy of the rivals' earlier meeting -- a 1-0 overtime win by Westminster -- with both defenses shutting down the attack most of the way.

North Carroll did have some solid scoring opportunities early in the half off corner kicks -- they had five at intermission -- but the Westminster defense was there to clear any threats.

Westminster wing Mandy Hunt had little trouble getting around North Carroll defenders along the right side, but several of her crosses went unnoticed.

Both teams finished the first half with four shots on goal.

North Carroll's Christina Crouse got a weak shot off right in front of the goal in the second half that went wide before colliding with teammate Douglas. Crouse was sidelined with an injured right knee.

Her substitute, Stefanie May had a great chance moments later when she stole a pass right in the middle and fired a shot from right inside the 18-yard mark that went wide left.

The Panthers pressed the issue in the first 15 minutes of the second half, but came up empty.

The game opened up with less than 20 minutes remaining.

Westminster had a good chance with 14:48 left when Shannon Fisaer was all alone at the left post with the goal unattended, but her shot went through the crease and was turned back by a North Carroll defender.

Douglas came back for the Panthers two minutes later, but Westminster keeper Cara Hedges came out before the North Carroll senior could get a head on a cross.

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