South Carroll girls soccer coach Jim Horn had his Cavaliers huddled around the near end of the Westminster track prior to last night's game against the Owls.
The subject turned to last year's tough one-goal loss to Centennial in the region playoffs.
"October 28 -- that's really when this season began," Horn said shortly after the Cavaliers completed their 1995 regular season perfect with 3-0 win over Westminster.
Perfect seasons don't come easy and the No. 12 Cavaliers (12-0) learned that last night.
It wasn't until junior Lindsey Vosloh headed home a Shannan Henley's cross with just over 14 minutes left in the second half -- giving the Cavaliers a two-goal lead -- that they could start thinking about their fine accomplishment. Vosloh added her second goal of the night seven minutes later, finding the far post with a left-footed shot, and the chants of "12 and O" soon followed. It's the first perfect regular season for a Carroll County girls soccer team.
"We've been knocking on the door a long time, it's nice to get in," Horn said. "These seniors have lost three games in the last three years. I'm just so happy for these kids. They worked for it."
Senior Carrie Tamburo, a standout defender since her freshman season, said the Cavaliers stressed taking things one day at a time from the start.
"I'm just happy and overwhelmed," she said. "We really focused on playing one game at a time with a new team and new players. That helped lead us into the 12-0 season."
Westminster didn't make it easy last night and all coach Ron Patton needed to say following the game was how proud he was RTC of his players. The Cavaliers came out a little tight and the Owls had some scoring chances early. Westminster forward Katie Curtin had a shot cleared off the line by a South Carroll defender. Shortly after, she sent a dangerous cross over the goal that Bridget Geiman shot wide.
With 10 minutes left in the half, the Cavaliers took the lead when Henley, who dominated the left side most of the night, sent a long cross in front of Michelle Mitchell, who knocked it home.
Horn got the soaking from the cooler following the game. "It was cold and wet. I had some tears in my eyes, but not for myself but for the seniors who've lost three games the last three years," he said.