S. Carroll edges Westminster for county title

October 14, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

The South Carroll Cavaliers were cruising along with a 2-0 second-half lead when, as anticipated, Westminster made things interesting.

The Owls got within one with a goal midway through the half then pressed and pressed for the tying goal. The No. 6 Cavaliers, with the county title in their sights, simply wouldn't have it.

The Cavaliers held off the Owls' rally in coming away with the 2-1 win at Westminster.

It's the first county title for five-year coach Charlie Fazenbaker, whose squad improves to 10-0 and clinches the county title with a 6-0 mark.

"It feels fantastic," Fazenbaker said.

"I'm a little more bald up top here, but it's always been a good game. Carroll County got a good soccer lesson from two good teams."

It took the Owls (7-2, 1-2) about 20 minutes to get into any kind of flow and the Cavaliers made the most of it.

Eight minutes in, Brandon Dorsey took a cross from Jeremy Wingate and fired a left-footed shot from 15 yards out that went off the top crossbar before going in to give the Cavs a 1-0 lead.

Dorsey made it 2-0 five minutes later when he collected a through ball from Dan Peiffer and cleanly beat Westminster goalie Ryan Starliper. Rob Ridgely started the play with a nifty pass to Peiffer, who dribbled twice along the left side before finding Dorsey.

"The first couple of games we didn't start off well so we wanted to come in here focused," Fazenbaker said.

"The kids wanted to do one thing and that was to win this game -- hats off to them."

Emotions were riding high from the start with South Carroll coming in undefeated and Westminster's only previous loss coming to the Cavaliers in the season opener. Westminster coach Chuck Beaver said that was the difference.

"The first half we really played into their hands," he said.

"We played with emotions instead of our heads and feet. Their first shot we could do nothing about -- upper 90 -- but the second goal came from a man being left unmarked. We never quit, though."

After Starliper made a number of big saves early in the second half to keep Westminster close, Chris Geiman put away a loose ball in close to give the Owls new life with 21 minutes left.

Westminster had a couple of chances late to get even, but couldn't get anything past goalie Jason Petroski.

Its best chance came when Jason Hewett sent a cross from the left side that went by two streaking Westminster players all alone in front with 5:30 to play.

Less than a minute later, Brian Tozer had two long throw-ins that went in and out of the South Carroll box.

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