Owls head to states again, 2-1

November 03, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

The Westminster field hockey team captured its sixth straight Class 4A North region title with a 2-1 win over visiting Quince Orchard yesterday.

With it, the No. 10 Owls (11-3) advance to state play starting Monday at Goucher College in Towson. Their last state title season came in 1991, when they edged Severna Park, 1-0, in the finals.

Westminster co-coach Sue Hooper said she likes the Owls' chances, and fellow coach Brenda Baker agreed.

"This team really knows what it wants," Hooper said.

"There are mainly juniors and seniors who've all been down there before. This team has as good a shot as any of the other teams we've had."

After Kristy Matthai opened the scoring a little more than three minutes into the game, the Owls needed a second-half insurance goal from Jen Medura to clinch the region.

For much of the first half, it appeared the Owls would have little problem advancing, with Matthai settling a penalty corner from Ann Brennan -- Westminster's first -- and firing a shot past Cougar goalie Juliet Marshall to give the Owls a 1-0 lead.

There was 17:12 left in the half when the ball first rolled down to Westminster's defensive third of the field, only to go right back the other way. The Owls had several flurries in front of the Quince Orchard cage, with nothing to show.

After Westminster, still cruising, used its first-half timeout with a little more than 10 minutes remaining, Quince Orchard (7-7) came out a different team.

"They played a completely different game after that. It seemed like they made a complete turnaround," Hooper said.

The Owls still had the better of the play, outshooting the Cougars 19-4, but were up by only one going into the second half knowing the Cougars had threatened.

With 7:28 before the half, Quince Orchard's Cheryl Wang took a shot from the right side that goalie Andrea Kirby turned aside.

Even after Jen Medura dribbled in the Owls' second goal two minutes into the second half, Quince Orchard kept coming.

With 24 minutes left, Kirby cut down the angle to block a shot from Leslie Moreland.

Moreland gave the Cougars their lone goal with seven minutes left.

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