First place just falls to Westminster Owls sit back, watch others lose Boys soccer

October 22, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The county boys soccer race has been a bit wacky.

It all started in the season's first week in mid-September when Francis Scott Key traveled to three-time defending county champ Liberty and came home with a 0-0 double-overtime tie.

The season hit its wackiest point early last week when South Carroll -- then winless at 0-7 -- claimed two county road wins on back-to-back nights, despite being outshot a combined 55-14.

Last Monday, it was Donnie Pyles with the game-winner as South Carroll defeated North Carroll, 1-0.

The Cavaliers lost three starters to injuries that night, but still found a way to shock Liberty, 3-2, in Eldersburg the following night.

"All we had left to play for was pride at that point," Cavaliers coach Charles Fazenbaker said.

"We've got a good group of kids, but things just didn't click early on. We could have easily rolled over and quit, but they didn't and I'm as proud of them as much as I would be if they were 9-0."

And while South Carroll, Liberty, Key and North Carroll were making all the noise in the county, Westminster quietly went on with its business outside the county after posting wins in its first two county games.

"This is my ninth season coaching varsity and I've never seen anything like this," Westminster coach Chuck Beaver said.

"We were just sitting back and watching things unfold, but no )) we're in the thick of things again. It's definitely been a different kind of season this year."

The Owls got back in the county fold Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Liberty -- putting them at 3-0 in the county going into tonight's game against South Carroll.

At 3-0, Westminster has at least a share of the county title -- its first since 1980.

It's a numbers game at this point. The worst the Owls could finish is 3-2 in the county. Liberty is second, but the best it can finish is 3-2-1.

It all could come down to the Lions' tie against Key, which Westminster doesn't play.

Westminster can put all minds at rest with a win against South Carroll tonight or North Carroll next week -- both of whom already have three county losses.

"We're not ready to proclaim ourselves county champs just yet. We still have two games to play," said Beaver after the Owls' win over Liberty.

Every team has played a role in this peculiar puzzle.

Liberty is the frustrated defending champ -- having outshot its county opponents 49-20 in its two losses, and dominating Key in the tie.

South Carroll has been the ultimate spoiler with its wins against North Carroll and Liberty.

North Carroll got South Carroll's engines roaring, giving the Cavs their first win, and Key did well to come out with a tie against Liberty in the opener.

And then there's Westminster, the unofficial, official county champ.

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