Westminster rolls over South Carroll

September 27, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

A team-oriented Westminster High field hockey squad threw a curve at South Carroll yesterday.

The 10th-ranked Owls turned senior forward Kristy Matthai loose for three goals and rolled to a surprisingly easy 4-0 victory over the 13th-ranked Cavaliers at Westminster.

"My girls kept asking me who should we watch and I couldn't tell them because Westminster is such a well-balanced team," said South Carroll coach Stacy Stem. "We never expected one player to score three goals for them. Who is that No. 11 [Matthai] anyway?"

Matthai and the Owls (3-1, 2-0 in the county) dominated play so completely that South Carroll (2-1, 1-1) did not get off a shot or have any penalty corners.

Shutting out a team in those two important categories is a rarity, especially in a game involving two long-time rivals.

But Westminster has come back strongly after being upset by Centennial in the second game of the season, and South Carroll seemed to have a letdown yesterday after shocking previously fourth-ranked North Carroll, 1-0, last Tuesday.

The win moved the Owls into first place in a topsy-turvy race for the Carroll county field hockey championship. Westminster (2-0) leads, North Carroll (2-1) is second, South Carroll (1-1) is third, Francis Scott Key (1-2) is fourth, and Liberty is fifth at 0-2.

For Matthai, it was one of those games she has been dreaming about for nearly two years because she missed almost all of last season with a fractured pelvis. "It feels great," said Matthai. "In the 10th grade on the junior varsity, I had several three-goal games, but this is the first time I've done it on the varsity. The passes today were coming to me from the left and I was putting them in the goal."

When informed that South Carroll didn't know who to watch yesterday, Matthai said: "That's the way we like it. We like to be known as a team. I think we all had a feeling today that things were clicking just right."

Matthai played only in the first and last games of the season as a junior due to the injury, but has wasted little time getting started this season.

"I went to futures [camp] and played a lot over the summer," she said.

Junior Westminster forward Jen Medura was credited with three assists yesterday, including two on Matthai goals. Senior Carrie Herb had the Owls' other goal, and Ann Brennan had one assist for the winners.

South Carroll goalkeeper Jaime Moyer made 12 saves.

Westminster co-coach Sue Hooper said of Matthai's scoring : "It didn't surprise me that much. Kristy is pretty tough inside and people would have heard a lot more about her if she hadn't been hurt last season."

Hooper believes the Owls are a consistent team that "isn't fantastic yet. We're doing what we need to do but I think South Carroll became frustrated after we scored those two quick goals."

Westminster led 2-0 with less than 11 minutes gone in the game.

"They beat us to the ball, we didn't play any angles and we were stuck in our end of the field all day," Stem said. "We'll going to be a hot and cold team all year. Our girls play that way. It's never going to be like 'Wow, here is South Carroll.' We're not going to scare anybody."

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