Patient South Carroll stymies potent Westminster offense, 10-5 Cavaliers allow Owls few high-percentage shots

April 13, 1996|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Westminster averaged more than 14 goals while winning its first four games this season. That didn't faze the South Carroll defense a bit.

No. 14 South Carroll (3-1, 1-0) used a choking defense to keep Westminster away from the goal and used an efficient ball-control offense to earn a 10-5 victory over the Owls, as the teams opened their Carroll County schedule in Winfield last night.

"When they are going to take the shots from the outside, we think we can stop them," said South Carroll coach Jeff zTC Alisauckas. "It's those little 7- or 8-yard shots that hurt."

But Westminster didn't get to take many of those high-percentage shots. The Owls fired 27 times, scoring on five and having just five more stopped by Cavaliers goalie Kjeid Lauritzen. Most of the rest were from 15 yards away or farther and went high, bounced wide or were stopped by South Carroll defenders.

Shawn Waters scored off feeds from Jason Weisenborn twice in a 40-second span midway through the first period to put the Cavaliers ahead 2-0, and they built a 4-0 lead when Rob Witte scored 4: 44 into the second period.

Westminster (4-1, 0-1) came to life a little less than a minute later. First, James Unglesbee picked up the rebound after a Lauritzen save and fired in a point-blank goal. Then, Unglesbee won the ensuing faceoff and flipped the ball to Dave Hare, who streaked in for an unassisted goal.

South Carroll pulled away in the third and fourth quarters, scoring four straight to take a 9-3 lead with just 9: 43 to play. Westminster dominated control of the ball in the third stanza, outshooting South Carroll 12-8 but losing on the scoreboard, 3-1.

Although the Owls outscored South Carroll 2-1 over the final 9: 23, the Cavaliers used a patient passing game to wipe precious time off the clock. During one stretch, South Carroll passed the ball around the goal for about three minutes. Westminster's defense wouldn't yield any close shots, and the Cavs were content to kill time.

"We played great ball control," Alisauckas said.

Westminster also was hurt by penalties. Four of South Carroll's goals were in extra-man situations and a fifth came just after a Westminster player was released from the penalty area.

"The one thing that changed the complexion of the game was us being in the penalty box," said Westminster coach Jim Peters.

Last night's game was the start of a difficult stretch for the Owls, who play host to No. 13 Mount Hebron in a makeup game Monday night, Liberty (off to a 3-2 start) next Friday, and South Carroll again in 10 days.

Pub Date: 4/13/96

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