Westminster goes to 5-0, beats South Carroll, 2-0 Field hockey

September 29, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Westminster's new field hockey roster sheet is decorated with the school logo and includes the statement: "A dynasty of champions, '70s, '80s and '90s."

But this is 1993 and 11 top players are gone from last season's powerful team that went to the state 4A championship game before falling to Severna Park, 1-0.

No one was thinking much about a dynasty this season, let alone even making it to the state championship tournament.

Now, suddenly, all that has changed as a scrappy group of young players is making believers out of people with every game.

The seventh-ranked Owls swarmed all over 11th-ranked host South Carroll yesterday for two first-half goals in less than four minutes and made them stand up for a 2-0 victory.

It was the fifth straight win for the Owls (5-0) and set the stage for tomorrow night's clash with eighth-ranked North Carroll for first place in Carroll County.

For the Cavaliers (2-3), it was their third straight setback and left coach Stacy Stem wondering if she can ever turn things around this season as she did last year when South Carroll went to the state 3A final.

Westminster broke on top yesterday, 1-0, when senior Kristen Lewis scored off a pass from Ann Brennan 16:30 into the first half.

Lewis came back at 19:09 to feed Allison Harvey for a goal and a 2-0 advantage.

Lewis found herself in the middle of the scoring a lot more yesterday after being moved from a wing to an inner position because of an injury to inner Kristy Matthai.

Matthai is out with a stress fracture hip injury.

Lewis' performance was typical of the way the Owls have been able to win this season without big-name stars. It doesn't seem to matter who co-coaches Brenda Baker and Sue Hooper put on the field, the team gets the job done.

"Everybody is really into it this season," said Lewis. "We're a young team but we've set our expectations high. We're motivated and believe we can have a lot of success."

Baker said: "These girls are making a name for themselves because they're getting a chance to play. Yes, they've been a pleasant surprise. We just don't have that much experience, but they've been around so many successful teams they just expect to do well."

South Carroll took control at times in the second half, with senior Tracie DiDio making some nice moves toward the cage, but each time DiDio was turned back by the Westminster defense.

Stem said she is running out of ways to motivate her 1993 team and exonerated DiDio from much of the blame for the 2-3 mark.

"Tracie can't carry the whole team," said Stem. "She's putting a lot of pressure on herself. It's just a matter of this team not thinking enough out there. If we were loaded with a lot of physical skills, we possibly could get by without thinking so much. But we don't have a lot of talent and we don't play smart."

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