Westminster runs past Dulaney, 3-1

September 20, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

The Dulaney field hockey team never had much of a chance yesterday in its opening game of the season.

The Lions ran into an angry Westminster team that dominated play all day for an impressive 3-1 victory at Dulaney.

The 10th-ranked Owls, still stinging from a surprising 2-1 loss to Centennial last Friday, had a major edge in every offensive category and could have scored at least eight goals with a little more luck.

Westminster outshot the 14th-ranked Lions, 12-3, had an 11-2 bulge in penalty corners, controlled the ball 52 of the 60 minutes in the game and just missed by inches of scoring at least five more goals in the second half after bolting to a 3-1 advantage at halftime.

Dulaney senior goalkeeper Kim Copenspire was one of the few bright spots for the Lions, as she made seven saves in the second half after replacing Liz Shanberger.

Copenspire kicked away four Westminster shots that were headed for the cage and had three other nifty saves.

In addition to the saves by Copenspire, the Owls (2-1) had four shots that rolled past the corner of the net.

The Westminster front line of Ann Brennan, Kristy Matthai, Carrie Herb and Jen Medura constantly were attacking the Dulaney cage with the help of links Corrina Batten and Megan Magee.

Herb, Matthai and Brennan scored goals for the winners, and Matthai, Brennan and Medura had assists.

Dulaney's lone goal came from Courtney Ball off a pass from Jessica Lawson.

Batten and Magee made some nice passes to the Westminster forwards to set up promising scoring opportunities. Batten was given the game ball by co-coach Brenda Baker, who ran the team by herself yesterday in the absence of co-coach Sue Hooper.

Hooper was at Westminster coaching the Owls' junior varsity, which played the Dulaney junior varsity.

After giving the ball to Batten, Baker said jokingly to the junior: "Don't tell Hooper I gave a ball away."

"We were disappointed in the Centennial game because we didn't play better," said Baker. "Our girls were so hungry for the ball today that they played an almost flawless game. Everybody on the team played and they all contributed. I gave Corrina the game ball because she had nearly a perfect game and she plays a position [link] that doesn't lend itself to a lot of publicity."

Dulaney coach Melba Williams said her players "weren't aggressive enough and hid behind blue [Westminster team colors] too much. We're going to change that before the season is over."

If Williams had her choice, she would not have played such a strong team as Westminster in the opening game.

"I would have rather played somebody else," said the coach. "They have more speed, have always had a solid program and got to the ball first. But it was the kind of game we can use to grow on."

Pikesville 2, Roland Park 1

Pikesville field hockey coach Tim Fowler wanted to prove that his team could compete with the private schools, so he scheduled five-time AIS champ and No. 3 Roland Park for the season opener.

"I think the county schools have been getting a reputation of less than quality hockey compared to the private schools, so I decided to find out what the reality was," said Fowler.

The visiting No. 15 Panthers used big hits, relentless pressure and two goals from Stephany Flax to take a 2-0 halftime lead. Then Laurie Better and Carly Gordon led a strong defensive effort to hold off a second-half Reds surge.

The visiting Panthers, who reached the state Class 2A semifinals last year, took control early with forwards Flax, Beth Cohen and Laurie Weiss constantly pressing the Reds' defense.

The Reds picked up the tempo in the second half. . Hedy Born scored on a rebound off Lori Baden's pads a little over seven minutes into the half. A couple minutes later, Page Watts sent a perfect pass across the circle, but no one got a stick on it.

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