The start of the second half was delayed for 45 minutes by lightning flashes, but the only electricity generated in the final 40 minutes in Uniontown was by South Carroll in general, and Pete Shaffer in particular.
Shaffer, a senior forward, had a goal and an assist in the visitors' 2-0 victory over Francis Scott Key.
South Carroll, which began its season with successive losses, is now 2-2-1, while Key, at home for the first time and shut out for the second, dropped to 1-3.
The Eagles will try to avert a sweep by three of the county schools on its schedule when it is home against North Carroll Monday night.
The Cavaliers' first goal came less than four minutes into the second half off a corner kick. Key goalkeeper Justin Thomas knocked the ball up in the air, but it came straight down to Shaffer, who deflected it to Greg Hymiller, and the junior forward connected for his first goal of the season.
South Carroll was back on offense less than two minutes later, but this time Thomas came out and made a successful dive, cradling the ball just ahead of an oncoming attacker.
Shaffer got the other goal, his second of the year, with 11 minutes left. Key sweeper Drew Rogers, who had an outstanding game, ducked behind Thomas when the keeper went out to challenge, and kicked out an otherwise certain goal.
But the ball went to Shaffer's foot, and he boomed a shot to the far cormer from 30 yards away on the side.
"It was a clear shot, and I took it," he said. Of his season to date, he added: "At first, I was getting pushed around, but now I think I'm more focused, more intent on going for the ball."
How about the team? "We're playing better, and the defense especially has stepped up."
For South Carroll, the second half was a dramatic turnaround as it outshot Key, 22-6, after a 5-5 first-half standoff.
The Eagles had one good shot in the first half, but Cavs' goalkeeper Brian Lopato came through with a leaping save. They got another in the second half, when corner kick went through Lopato's hands and behind him. But no Key player was nearby.
That's been the story for the Uniontown school this fall -- lack of scoring. Senior Justin Robertson had the goals in a 2-1 win over Brunswick, and Jason Schaum got the other in a 3-1 loss to Williamsport.
"They finished; we didn't," said first-year coach Dave Storey. In the process, they pretty much controlled the rest of the game.
The break between the halves gave South Carroll coach Charles Fazenbaker a chance to get his team on track.
"We had a nice long talk," he said afterward. "Key traditionally plays us tough, and I was not pleased with our play. I don't think we were ready fir the first half.
"In the second half, we started playing our game -- taking the ball down the lines.
"The nice thing about this was I was able to get in all 19 players. This included Chad Parker, who been out with an injury."
Pub Date: 9/18/98