Owls breeze past Gaithersburg, 3-0 Field hockey

November 04, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

This was a perfect state 4A tournament opener for the defending champion Westminster field hockey team.

The Owls won, 3-0, over Gaithersburg, without extending themselves or getting anyone hurt.

Westminster outshot Gaithersburg 18-0 in a one-sided battle. Gaithersburg (5-6-1), fourth-seeded in Region II, only came close to getting off a shot three times against the top-seeded Owls (11-2).

Westminster will host Perry Hall tomorrow in the Region II final at 3 p.m. Perry Hall turned back Dulaney, 2-1, in overtime yesterday.

Owls co-coach Sue Hooper said: "This wasn't the best game we've played this year. Our girls were running past the ball because the field was still wet and the ball wasn't

where they expected it to be."

Anitha Naganna got Westminster started with a goal at 20:44 of the first half off a pass from Kristen Lewis on a corner.

The lead remained 1-0 until midway through the second half when Jill Sisson scored amid a crowd of Gaithersburg defenders.

Tinah Houck (15 goals, one assist) completed the scoring four minutes later with a hard shot off a pass from Aurora Brown on a corner.

"Last year, we had trouble on corners but now we're suddenly scoring on them," Owls co-coach Brenda Baker said. "We had a lot of depth today with some players up from the junior varsity and we got them all in to at least touch the ball once."

Baker said it was an especially tough day for goalies because of the mud around the cage.

"We told our goalkeeper [Sarah Martin] that she would have to rely on help," said Baker, "because once she went to one side of the cage, she would get stuck in the mud and wouldn't be able to get back."

Gaithersburg goalie Kathy Cummins was beaten badly on all three Westminster goals before she was replaced by backup goalie Shana Negin with six minutes left.

Gaithersburg coach Pat Abell said: "We didn't fill the open spaces around the goal, but our spirits were good until they got the second goal."

Three minutes before the second goal, Abell looked out on the field and realized her team had been playing for two minutes with 10 players instead of 11.

"We have some kids playing who don't have the whole process down yet and it cost us today," said Abell.

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