Visiting Thomas Johnson made it clear early on last night its goal was to shut down South Carroll senior striker Amber Clutter.
One thing the Patriots learned was the No. 8 Cavaliers have another good scorer in Lindsey Vosloh.
The sophomore wing scored three second-half goals to give the Cavaliers (9-1) a 3-2 win against Central Maryland Conference foe Thomas Johnson.
Vosloh owned the left side for the good part of the second half, finding the near post on all three goals scored with her left foot.
Thomas Johnson (8-2-1) tried to mark Clutter out of the game with defender Katie Simpson paying close attention throughout, but Clutter managed to assist on Vosloh's first two goals.
Vosloh's three goals last night gave her five in the last two games. With the playoffs approaching, her production couldn't come at a better time for the Cavaliers.
"She has suddenly emerged and really exploded the last two games," said South Carroll coach Jim Horn.
"She's more relaxed and much more aggressive going to the ball. It's just what we needed to take some pressure off Amber.
"Before you could mark Amber and get away with it, but you can't do it anymore with Lindsey stepping up."
Vosloh gave the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the second half when she collected a nifty feed from Clutter along the left side and then beat Thomas Johnson goalie Laura Thompson with a low, left-footed shot to the far post.
Thomas Johnson answered with a goal 30 seconds later when Carol Higbee settled along the left side and fired a shot from 20 yards out that found the top upper corner.
Vosloh scored the next two goals a couple of minutes apart with the first coming with just over 15 minutes left. Thomas Johnson forward Karin Treese made things interesting with a late goal, but the South Carroll defense took control from there.
"We really needed to win a close game like this," Horn said. "We haven't had too many."
Both teams came out hesitant in the first half.
The Patriots had the first scoring chance six minutes in when Treese beat a defender and was temporarily free in front of Kendra Pulis, but the left fullback did a good job of sliding over to break up the play.
South Carroll started taking control 15 minutes in.
Midway through, Vosloh got a foot on a ball along the left side just as Thompson grabbed it.
Moments later, Clutter had a solid direct kick from 25 yards out that Thompson had to punch over the crossbar.