Westminster advances Owls edge Quince Orchard in 4A region semifinal, 2-1

November 02, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Westminster didn't exactly charge down the stretch toward the state 4A regional field hockey playoffs, losing two of its last five games after a 7-0 start.

But the seventh-ranked Owls were in playoff form yesterday on a blustery, cold day and turned back visiting Quince Orchard, 2-1, in the state 4A North Regional semifinals.

Second-seeded Westminster (11-2) will meet the winner of today's semifinal between top-seeded Perry Hall (9-0) and fourth-seeded Gaithersburg.

The less-than-impressive finish by the Owls cost them the top seed in the regionals, meaning they will have to travel to Perry Hall tomorrow for the regional championship game if the Gators get past Gaithersburg.

Westminster, winner of four state 4A titles and runner-up last season, was in control most of the way yesterday and built a 2-0 lead with 17:25 left in the game on goals by Jen Markowitz and Ann Brennan.

Kristen Lewis was credited with assists on both goals.

Third-seeded Quince Orchard (6-5-2) struck back with a Lauren Hart score from point-blank range off an assist from Julie Dinterman with 6:28 left in the game, reducing the lead to 2-1.

The Owls controlled the ball the rest of the game without scoring.

The Owls had squandered several high-percentage, first-half opportunities without scoring. In the first 75 seconds of the game, Westminster had the ball in front of the cage but couldn't score.

The Owls also had two goals disallowed in the first half, and they outshot Quince Orchard, 7-1. Westminster wound up outshooting the Cougars 9-4 and had nine penalty corners to none for the visitors.

Westminster co-coach Sue Hooper said: "I thought Quince Orchard was a decent team. They forced us to play a lot in the middle of the field. I don't think we played as well as we could. We had problems on defense, and that hurt us some."

Hooper said she would rather face Gaithersburg at home than travel to Perry Hall.

"Naturally we want to play at home, but we have to wait a day to find out because Perry Hall's field was under water today," she said.

Quince Orchard coach Kathy Marron seemed relieved that her team put up a good fight against the traditionally strong Owls.

"We didn't give up, but we were a little cold and stiff out there," said Marron. "We were going against a good team, and it really came down to them putting the ball in one more time than we did."

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