Christina Crouse came rushing up to North Carroll goalkeeper Teresa Mays moments after the Panthers had battled Liberty to a 1-1 draw last night and said: "You were awesome. You saved us."
Crouse, a sophomore midfielder for the Panthers, basically said it all.
Mays was the difference in this exciting girls soccer game at North Carroll in which both teams squandered opportunities in the two 10-minute overtime periods to win the game.
If it had not been for Mays, Liberty might have walked off the field with a four-goal victory.
Mays made 25 saves to hold off the Lions, who came out attacking from the start in an attempt to get revenge for last Tuesday night's 2-1 loss to North Carroll in overtime.
Liberty had 19 shots on goal just in the first half last night but could muster only one goal by freshman Haley DeLaurence from close range that tied the score at 1 with six minutes, 32 seconds left in the first half.
The Lions finished with 29 shots to 14 for North Carroll, but still had to settle for a tie.
Liberty also dominated the encounter with North Carroll last week but got stuck with the 2-1 setback.
"We were just missing a little bit most of the night on our shots," said Liberty coach Lynn Stone. "But that's been the story of our season. Mays was superb in the goal for them."
Mays said she even impressed herself last night.
"I even liked the way I played in this game," she said with a broad smile. "I really wanted to win and kept hoping for the best every time we got a shot."
Mays almost got her wish with 1:26 left in the second overtime period when North Carroll's Kristin Finch got off a shot from 10 yards that was saved by Liberty midfielder Kerry Adams after Lions goalkeeper Angi Primavera had fallen down.
That was the last good opportunity for North Carroll, but Liberty had one more chance with one second left when Adams took a corner kick that went straight toward the goal but was saved by Mays.
North Carroll had taken a 1-0 lead early in the game on a goal by Julie Baker, the same girl who scored both goals in the Panthers' victory last week.
"It looked something like the same game as last week, only we didn't win this time," said North Carroll coach Phil Myers.