Wright beats Westminster, 1-0

September 30, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Visiting C. Milton Wright made a late first-half goal stick to defeat Westminster, 1-0, in a non-conference boys soccer game yesterday.

The Mustangs took advantage of a direct kick just outside the 18-yard mark with 44 seconds left in the half for the game's only goal. Halfback Ryan Strausberg sent a low liner that Westminster keeper Adam Messer got his hands on, but striker Cory Smith tapped in the rebound.

The Westminster Owls came out strong in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but couldn't find the net, as Wright keeper Tim Hilyard turned back seven shots in the game for the shutout.

"Often times the timing of a goal can hurt, but I don't think that was the case today," Westminster coach Chuck Beaver said.

"The bottom line was we just played poorly."

Later in the half when it was the Owls needing to press the issue, it was C. M. Wright which was getting to the loose balls and controlling the tempo.

"We're having problems sticking to our game plan," Beaver said.

"In order to play one-touch ball, you have to have players moving without the ball and we just didn't do that. We were caught standing and waiting for the ball to come to us and it just doesn't work that way."

Both teams had solid scoring opportunities in an evenly contested first half.

Ten minutes into the game, Westminster's Tony Fiore controlled a long throw-in and fired a point-blank shot that Hilyard turned aside. The Mustangs' best chance before their goal came with five minutes left in the half, when Chris LeBarron sent a full volley just wide of the Westminster goal.

Most of the second half was played at midfield, with both teams having few scoring opportunities.

"I thought our kids went to the ball real well and did a lot of nice things," Wright coach Paul Snyder said.

"They [Owls] have a couple of real nice players, but I think we were a little more patient today, and that was the key."

In the final 10 seconds, Westminster sent a direct kick right in the middle of the Mustangs box, but there wasn't an Owl around to contest the Mustangs defender.

It was the Owls' second straight one-goal loss to C. M. Wright. Last year, the Mustangs came away with a 2-1 win at home.

Beaver sees the Owls' next match against Central Maryland Conference foe Frederick on Friday a "reality check."

"I saw glimpses of times where the kids knew what they wanted to do and did it. But we have to do it more regularly than just 30-second spurts. Against Frederick, it will again come down to whether we stick to our game plan."

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