South Carroll goalkeeper Jaime Moyer probably had nightmares last night about Liberty's Amy North scoring at least five goals yesterday.
North scored only one goal, but it was enough to give the Lions a 1-0 victory at South Carroll.
North, a senior forward, spent most of the afternoon firing one shot after another at Moyer before finally slipping one into the net with seven minutes left in the game.
North seemed to be in front of the South Carroll goal most of the the game, as Liberty dominated play. The Lions outshot the Cavaliers, 11-3, and had a 13-2 edge in penalty corners.
On what proved to be the winning goal, North took the ball out of a crowd and sent it into the cage. Jeannie Rainey was credited with an assist.
North's goal took some of the edge off another superb effort by senior goalkeeper Moyer, who is playing field hockey for the first time this year. She has been brilliant in the first four games for South Carroll and had eight saves yesterday.
The win lifted Liberty (1-2 in the county, 2-2 overall) into a three-way tie for third place in Carroll County with South Carroll (1-2, 2-2) and Francis Scott Key (1-2, 1-5). North Carroll (3-1, 3-1) .. leads and Westminster (2-1, 3-2) is second.
Despite Liberty's dominance, South Carroll had an opportunity to send the game into overtime in the game's final minute.
Allison Cain sent a shot just wide of the Liberty cage at the end of a rare South Carroll break for the net.
The narrow miss by Cain allowed Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn to finally relax.
"Before Amy scored, all I could think about was what happened to North Carroll against South Carroll [1-0 loss even though the Panthers outshot the Cavaliers, 19-2]," said Vaughn. "And then I had to worry about South Carroll getting a late goal to tie it."
It was the second straight win for unranked Liberty and the second straight loss for 13th-ranked South Carroll.
Vaughn said: "I don't know if we're playing that much better now than we did in the first games. I think it's more a matter of playing North Carroll and Key in our first two games."
She said that South Carroll took her top scoring threat, senior forward Debbi Bourke, out of the game by double and triple-teaming her.
"We just don't really have a go-to player," said Vaughn.
L For South Carroll coach Stacy Stem, it was a long afternoon.
"If I had more players to go to, some of my seniors wouldn't be playing," said Stem. "I'm going to have to re-evaluate our whole team and make some moves in positions. Jaime Moyer is doing a good job in the goal but we didn't have much else going for us."