Westminster ties for conference title

October 28, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Senior Tony Fiore's late first-half goal was all the Westminster boys soccer team would need in claiming a 1-0 win against

county rival North Carroll last night.

The Owls (6-4-1) had a lot on the line in last night's match against the visiting Panthers.

Not only were they looking to make it five-for-five in county competition this season, but the win also earned them a share of the Central Maryland Conference title with Thomas Johnson. Both finished 4-1-1 in conference play with the Owls winning the head-to-head match earlier this season.

Westminster coach Chuck Beaver, not wanting to comment on his first county title until the county schedule was complete, had plenty to say after the Owls' victory.

"First time in nine years I've been here, we won a county title and I'm particularly pleased about winning," he said.

An uneventful first half heated up in its last 10 minutes when North Carroll senior Kevin Dull was issued a red card for kicking a Westminster player after the play.

The Panthers had to play the remainder of the game one player short and the Owls wasted little time capitalizing.

Fiore scored his seventh goal of the season -- tops in the county -- with 5:10 left in the half off an indirect kick inside the North Carroll box.

The free kick came just inside the 18-yard mark to the right of North Carroll keeper Kenny Hyman. Jason Hewett pushed the ball to Fiore, who sent a screaming shot past a collapsed Panthers' wall and helpless Hyman high to the near post.

"Originally, he [Fiore] was going to go to the left side of the wall but ended up going outside and made a good decision," Beaver said. "It was just a great shot and there's no other way to say it."

North Carroll didn't mount much of an attack early in the second half as Westminster controlled things.

The Panthers did press in the final 12 minutes, but couldn't get anything past Westminster keeper Adam Messer.

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