With the playoffs fast approaching, North Carroll coach Denean Koontz has to be enjoying her Panthers' streak.
Five straight shutout victories, seven goals in the past two wins and, all the while, everyone contributing at both ends.
Yesterday afternoon, the Panthers outshot visiting Glenelg 28-3 to come away with a convincing 4-0 win and improve to 9-1-1 on the season as they prepare for county rival Liberty in the regular-season finale on Thursday.
Laurie Kreseski scored a pair of goals and Amber Bosley, who dominated at both ends of the field with some crafty stick handling, added a goal and an assist to lead the Panthers. Jessica Horwath shined in goal for Glenelg -- turning back 18 Panthers shots -- but was simply overwhelmed by the constant attack.
It was a rematch of a region final of a year ago when Glenelg handed North Carroll a 2-1 overtime loss. The Gladiators also defeated North Carroll in the regular season in 1992. It was a whole different story this time around with North Carroll dominating a Glenelg squad that is in a rebuilding mode. Koontz wasn't about to let the Panthers look past Glenelg with Liberty up next.
"We expect every game to be tough and don't overlook anyone. I wasn't expecting this kind of game," she said.
"We did a good job scoring. We created the opportunities and finished them. It's good to see the scoring from different people. This was a good win for us." Most of the action was found deep in Glenelg territory as the Panthers dominated from start to finish.
Kreseski scored the game's opening goal with 11 minutes left in the first half. Beth Moore found a loose ball in close and fed across the crease to a waiting Kreseski on the right side. Horwath had no chance as she was caught covering the left side in anticipation of a shot from Moore.
Jill Ballard knocked in a rebound of a Laura Burkhouse shot with four minutes left in the half to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead. After creating opportunity after opportunity, Bosley finally found the cage with 13 minutes left in the game. Christina Carroll got the assist.
Kreseski added her second goal of the game late in the second half off a feed from Bosley.
"We lost our entire first team [from last year] and it looks like they're getting frustrated," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid, whose squad dropped to 1-4-3.
"We're just not use to losing and that's getting them down. We figured North Carroll would come out with everything they had after we beat them twice last year. They're very strong."