Liberty foils N. Carroll's title hopes


Liberty's Amy North and Debbi Bourke smashed sixth-ranked North Carroll's county field hockey championship hopes last night in overtime.

North and Bourke outran the North Carroll defense and teamed for a goal that led the 14th-ranked Lions to a 2-1 victory at North Carroll.

As the ball went skidding just beyond midfield over the damp grass, North and Bourke charged after it and went by the Panthers' defense.

Bourke came up with the ball 25 yards from the cage, took it eight yards and then sent it to North who had a one-on-one chance against North Carroll goalkeeper Becky Bosley.

North drove the ball into the right corner of the net 7:36 into overtime.

The result was that Liberty, the hottest team in the county, handed Westminster the 1994 Carroll County field hockey championship.

Westminster takes the county title with a 3-2 record, North Carroll finishes second at 4-3 and Liberty is third at 3-3. South Carroll, 2-3 in the county, meets Francis Scott Key (1-2), in the final county game Monday at South Carroll.

Because all five county teams do not play the same number of games, the champion is declared on the best percentage. Westminster finished at .600, and North Carroll checked in at .571.

For North Carroll (8-3-1 overall) it was a devastating loss because the Panthers appeared to have the county title all but locked up with a 4-1 start.

But North Carroll failed twice to clinch the title at home, first losing to Westminster, 2-0, Oct. 5 and then falling to Liberty last night.

The Lions (8-3 overall) have charged down the stretch, winning eight of their past nine games overall and three of their past four in the county.

That one loss in the last nine games was the only thing that kept Liberty from winning the county title. The Lions were knocked off by South Carroll Oct. 12 at Liberty.

North said of her ninth goal of the season: "All the defense was behind us, and I just went for the far corner of the cage. It was a fantastic feeling."

Bourke called it "the happiest moment of my life. The loose ball came to me, and I dribbled it a few times with my stick and sent it to Amy."

Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn said: "My players have improved so much. They amaze me. We started using the whole field more late in the first half, and it seemed to help us."

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