No. 7 Westminster strikes first, lasts Brewer's goal at 2: 41 keys 1-0 win over N. Carroll

September 26, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Westminster forward Selena Brewer said the Owls felt a fast start would be vital in last night's game with visiting North Carroll.

Brewer helped No. 7 Westminster start quickly by scoring 2: 41 into the game, and the Owls made that stand up for a 1-0 victory over sixth-ranked North Carroll in a county matchup.

Westminster (4-0, 3-0) took charge quickly against its undefeated county rival.

The Owls dominated play for most of the first 10 minutes, repeatedly pushing the ball into the North Carroll end and threatening.

"The first 10 minutes killed us," said North Carroll coach Denean Koontz. "We came out as flat as pancakes. We looked helter-skelter the first 10 minutes."

Brewer combined with Lisa Duke to give the Owls the lead they never lost. Duke sent the ball across to Brewer on a long hit, and the senior deflected it past North Carroll goalie Becky Bosley.

"We knew we had to get the momentum," said Brewer. "We knew we had to get out in front."

The Owls kept possession for most of the game, outshooting North Carroll (4-1, 3-1) by 6-3. Westminster repeatedly beat the Panthers to loose balls and often controlled the midfield.

Carli Harris and Mary Dickensheets helped the Owls repeatedly push the ball into the North Carroll end, and Stephanie Levin sparked the defense at sweeper.

Despite finishing with only three shots, North Carroll manufactured good scoring chances.

With just under five minutes left in the first half, Kristen Dowlin sent a good pass to Mary Kaminski, who fired a shot off the outside of the left post. Annie Eggars then got good position in the circle nine minutes into the second half, but could not shoot.

The ball belonged to Westminster for much of the second half, but the Owls struggled to get shots.

The Owls' best scoring chance came with one minute left as Jill Ibex blasted a shot through the North Carroll defense after a penalty corner. Bosley saw it, however, and made the save.

Despite having possession much of the time, shots proved hard to come by for Westminster -- which meets the Panthers again next Wednesday.

"It's always a tough game," said Sue Hooper, who coaches Westminster with Brenda Baker. "It's a rivalry, and it is going to be a tougher game next Wednesday."

Pub Date: 9/26/96

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