S. Carroll, N. Carroll end up even


The field hockey teams at South Carroll and No. 15 North Carroll had ruled with defense in the first part of this season. The teams outscored their opponents by a combined 24-0 before yesterday's meeting when the seemingly immovable objects finally budged - a little.

North Carroll's Lisa Engel and Jessica Naper of visiting South Carroll got second-half goals, and even though the Cavaliers came up with numerous other scoring chances, the two teams battled to a 1-1 overtime tie.

South Carroll (3-0-1 overall, 2-0-1 in county and Central Maryland Conference) applied most of the offensive pressure in this game - and met a tough Panthers defense led by goalie Brittany Wigley (six saves). The Cavaliers kept the ball in the North Carroll end for long stretches, holding a 13-6 advantage in shots and dominating the first of the two 10-minute overtime periods.

"I thought we controlled most of the game," South Carroll coach Erin Soulen said. "We had tons of opportunities. We walked away with a lot of confidence today despite the score."

Wigley made the game-saving play in the first overtime when South Carroll pushed a loose ball into the North Carroll end. Instead of letting South Carroll's Allie Armitage get the ball and come in on a breakaway, Wigley ran out of the goal and tied up the Cavalier about 10 yards away.

Wigley helped push the ball to the right, where Armitage jumped over and got off a shot - which the goalie somehow kicked away at the last second.

"I was always taught to be aggressive," Wigley said. "I wanted to tie her up. I know someone will always have the post."

But the Panthers (4-0-2, 2-0-1 county, 0-0-2 CMC) scored on their first shot on goal. The Cavaliers stopped for a moment because the ball had popped into the air, thinking the official would halt play. The game continued, however, and Engel alertly fired a shot in from the top of the circle with 16 minutes, 16 seconds left.

South Carroll kept its pressure on and tied the game when Naper converted on a perfect feed from Brittany Woodfield with 10:52 left.

"Our defense withstood a lot of pressure," North Carroll coach Denean Koontz said.

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