Westminster stops Dulaney cold, 3-0

November 01, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to the Sun

A quick start from Westminster finished Dulaney.

Kristy Matthai scored the first of her two goals just 1:20 into the game, and second-seeded Westminster held visiting and third-seeded Dulaney to only one shot on the way to a 3-0 victory yesterday in a Class 4A North Region semifinal.

Westminster (10-3), which won the region title and made it to the state semifinals last year, advances to the region championship tomorrow at 3 p.m. The Owls will play host to fourth-seeded Quince Orchard, a 3-1 winner over top-seeded Perry Hall yesterday.

Westminster scored on its first shot of the game. Matthai took a good pass from Shelly Dinterman and beat Dulaney goalie Kim Copenspire from a severe angle. Matthai was nearly at the end line and perfectly placed her shot in a small space between Copenspire and the near post.

"We really kicked into it; it was amazing after that," said Matthai. "We just gained momentum after that."

The Owls simply had too much for Dulaney (5-5-2). Westminster kept possession for most of the game, and the Lions never had a good scoring chance.

Westminster, however, had several as it outshot Dulaney, 15-1. The Owls also came up with 17 corners to the Lions' one.

Still, the Owls seemed to struggle a bit in the first half. Although they came up with eight of their corners in the half, the Owls managed only five shots.

"In the first half I don't think we played as well in the circle," said Sue Hooper, co-coach of Westminster with Brenda Baker. "We weren't playing aggressively there."

But Matthai helped Westminster start aggressively in the second half. She took a perfect centering pass from Jen Medura and scored from in front just 3:50 into the half for a 2-0 lead on the team's first shot of the half

The Owls took 10 of their shots and nine of their corners in the second half, also playing much better in the circle.

The Owls were also helped by the play of Dinterman, Megan Magee, Netia Little, and Nikki Cornell. Whenever the ball got back to midfield, this group did a good job of pushing the ball back up to the Westminster offense.

"The team got together," said Hooper. "The forwards and the defense clicked."

Jill Ibex added the Owls' final goal with 3:09 left. Ibex, in her first varsity appearance, took an Ann Brennan pass on a corner hit and rocketed a shot past Dulaney goalie Liz Schanberger from the back of the circle.

"They got to the ball before we did," said Dulaney coach Melba Williams. "We had a couple of [chances], but we just couldn't get to the ball."

* Liberty 4, Rockville 3: Amy North, Jessica Horneman and Debbie Bourke scored goals in overtime as host Liberty (10-3) defeated Rockville in a shootout in a 2A West Region first-round game.

* Francis Scott Key 4, Owings Mills 0: Holly Talbert and Laure Ryer each scored twice, leading host Francis Scott Key (7-6) past Owings Mills in a 1A West Region first-round game.

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