No. 14 N. Carroll posts 1-0 win over No. 10 Westminster

September 29, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

In this season of unpredictable Carroll County field hockey, it almost seemed fitting that No. 14 North Carroll would travel to No. 10 Westminster and beat the Owls.

The Panthers' 1-0 win over Westminster last night wasn't a stunning upset by any means.

But considering the Owls came away with an easy 4-0 win Monday over the same South Carroll team that had upset North Carroll, 1-0, the week before, it appeared the Owls would have the advantage at home last night.

Not this year in Carroll.

L "That's field hockey," said Westminster co-coach Sue Hooper.

North Carroll senior Jill Ballard's goal with 14:06 leftallowed the Panthers to take over first place in the county with a 3-1 mark. For the Owls (3-2), it was their first county loss after two wins.

Ballard cleanly collected a penalty corner from Laura Kenney and fired a hard shot from the left side that beat Westminster goalie Andrea Kirby along the near post.

"We got a nice hit out from Laura Kenney and Jill had a nice stop and great shot," said North Carroll coach Denean Koontz. "I thought it was a very evenly matched game that could have gone either way, and we scored the goal."

The North Carroll goal came after the Owls dominated most of the second half, coming up with three straight penalty corners at one point, but unable to finish on any of the opportunities.

"We got the momentum going our way in the second half but just couldn't get anything in," Hooper said.

"This was the fastest game we played all year and we made a lot of adjustments at half. We had our chances, but just couldn't get our shot. [North Carroll] played very well and I thought Andrea Kirby did a good job in goal for us and our whole team played very well."

Both teams took turns dominating portions of a scoreless first half.

North Carroll had the territorial edge in the first 10 minutes with Amber Bosley and Laurie Kreseski doing a lot of work in the Westminster circle. But they couldn't get anything into the Westminster cage.

Midway through the half, Westminster earned three straight penalty corners, but was unable to convert.

The best chances came later with Kreseski temporarily all alone in front of the Westminster cage. She couldn't get her stick on the ball at first, and later took a shot at a tough angle that Kirby had covered.

Westminster's Jen Medura had a chance in front with 3:45 left in the half, but North Carroll goalie Becky Bosley kicked it out of danger.

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