Going in, there were too many other things to think about for South Carroll coach Jim Horn to consider a perfect regular season from his Cavaliers.
Now, the No. 14 Cavaliers are just one game away.
Last night in Winfield, the Cavs did what they needed to do to get by a determined North Carroll team, scoring a goal in each half to come away with a 2-0 decision for their 11th straight victory.
They will shoot for win No. 12 Monday at Westminster.
There were a number of questions going into the season with the Cavaliers losing a handful of players who played a major role in starting the rich tradition that has grown at South Carroll.
All those questions have been answered.
The goal scoring has been spread out; a group of freshmen and sophomores has provided the necessary depth at midfield; and freshman goalie Amanda Hughes has filled big shoes with a lot of help from an experienced defense.
"We had a lot of things to think about," Horn said. "The only thing we weren't worried about was the defense. The seniors have brought this group of kids together. They've made it their goal and their team."
Senior defenders Jamie Baier, Erin O'Neill and Carrie Tamburo, along with midfielder Carrie Tamburo, have all been on varsity since their freshman seasons. In those four years, the Cavaliers have a 42-3-2 mark.
Now the Cavaliers' attention can be directed toward a perfect season, something they have never accomplished.
Earlier in the season, they knocked off Westminster, 6-1, at South Carroll.
"I just hope we can get 12," Horn said. "Now we can start thinking about 12; it's been tough taking them one at a time."
Emotions were high, with the South Carroll seniors playing their final regular-season home game and it was a freshman, Jodie Baier, who gave the Cavaliers an early 1-0 lead.
Junior Shannan Henley got the play started when she got around the left corner and sent a low cross which Baier ran hard to, her shot finding the lower right corner.
The Panthers (4-6) got strong play in goal from Krista Summers, whose 12 saves kept them close.
The Panthers had a few chances themselves in the first half, which they didn't take advantage of. Senior Christina Crouse had a couple of direct kicks that never reached the goal.
"We had two or three dead-ball opportunities that we have to convert on against a good team like South Carroll," said North Carroll coach Jim MacDonald.
"We knew we had to mark tight and we held them to two goals which I'm pretty happy with, but we just didn't score any goals."
The Cavaliers got the insurance goal they pressed for most of the night when Lindsey Vosloh followed up a shot with 24 minutes left in the game.