Westminster defeats S. Carroll, 2-0 Owls improve record to 5-0

September 29, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Westminster field hockey coach Brenda Baker was a bit concerned going into yesterday's game against county rival South Carroll.

Westminster was cruising along with four straight shutout wins, while visiting South Carroll had ties in its past two games after two wins.

Baker and the Owls weren't about to take the Cavs lightly. And they didn't.

Tinah Houck scored two goals and the Owls dominated throughout to claim a 2-0 win in a game that featured defending state champion teams.

In the Owls' first five games this season, they've outscored their opponents a combined 11-0. The South Carroll loss was their first, dropping them to 2-1-2.

"It was our toughest game so far," Baker said. "The fact they were coming off two ties made me think they were going to come out strong and maybe have an edge. But we didn't take them lightly and played well."

The Owls, defending Class 4A state champs, controlled the first half and took a 1-0 lead when Houck scored her first goal off an assist from Kristen Lewis with 11:47 left.

Lewis beat two South Carroll defenders and Houck was in the middle to put it away.

The score could have been worse, but the Owls failed on numerous scoring opportunities. In the first half, they outshot the Cavaliers, 16-0, and owned a 6-0 edge on penalty corners.

South Carroll goalie Katrina Crew also was partly responsible for the score being only 1-0 at the half, turning back 12 shots.

"I think our biggest asset today was we backed each other up," Baker said.

"We're working well as a team with our offense and defense meshing together. Early in the season, it was our defense that was dominating, but today the offense did its share and everything clicked."

Houck scored her second goal four minutes into the second half, with Nicole Batten picking up the assist.

South Carroll's best scoring opportunity came with 13 minutes left, but a shot from the left side went just wide.

It was the second consecutive game that the defending Class 3A state champ Cavaliers have failed to score. Last Thursday's game against Francis Scott Key ended in a 0-0 tie.

"We're really struggling," South Carroll coach Stacy Stem said.

"And we're going to keep struggling until we get our mental game together. We have the skills but just haven't been able to do the same things during the game that we do in practice."

Westminster sweeper Laurie Moody had a strong effort, turning back rare South Carroll opportunities.

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