Howard's relentless attack shuts out Westminster, 2-0

November 02, 1995|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Karen Krupka took Howard's first shot of the game within the opening minute. The ball hit the crossbar, but Krupka and her teammates kept shooting and the result was a 2-0 victory over visiting Westminster in a girls class 3A-4A West quarterfinal game.

The Lions (9-4) controlled the ball most of the game yesterday and finished with 32 shots. Westminster freshman goalie Amanda Cofflin had to make 13 saves.

"We played a real good game today but we just didn't finish very well," said Howard coach Dave Vezzi, whose team next will play No. 6 Centennial. "It's tough to finish on a wet field, but we should have done a better job."

Cofflin stopped back-to-back shots in front of the goal by Howard's Jevne Reid, but she couldn't stop a 16-yarder by Krupka that went just inside the far left post with 22 minutes remaining in the first half.

Howard, which lost, 2-0, at Centennial during the regular season, took 18 shots in the first half, compared to two for Westminster (3-8-2). The Lions had a number of opportunities to score, but sometimes rushed their shots or shot them wide due to the wet conditions.

"We play a much better game when the defense pushes up and we did that today," said Krupka, who is the team's second-leading scorer with 10 goals. "It sets up a lot of our offense."

Westminster's defense, led by Jessica Stickles, was under pressure most of the second half as well.

Howard sweeper Alyssa Gamaldo made it a 2-0 game with six minutes left when her 16-yard shot went off the hands of Cofflin and into the left corner of the net. It was Gamaldo's second goal of the season.

Gamaldo and Sara Nunnally, who moved from her forward/midfield position to fullback, did a good job of limiting Westminster's scoring opportunities. Howard goalie Elissa Shefrin made three saves in the game.

"Their defense was fantastic," said Westminster coach Ron Patton. "I thought we played well. The opportunities that we did have we didn't capitalize on.

"I'm really pleased overall. It's a rebuilding year for us. Next year we'll see."

Sophomore defender Nichole Freed started the game for Westminster in place of junior starter Shannon Wynne, who broke her leg in Monday's victory over Woodlawn.

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