Westminster wraps up West Region Owls oust Watkins Mill, 2-1, will compete for 5th 4A title

Field hockey

November 01, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

GAITHERSBURG 2 — GAITHERSBURG -- The 1996 Westminster field hockey team shows no fear.

Down a goal early for the second time this week, the No. 2 Owls were able to turn it up a notch once again yesterday afternoon to come away with a 2-1 win over Watkins Mill in the Class 4A West Region final at Gaithersburg High School.

Junior Carli Harris broke a 1-1 tie seven minutes into the second half on a penalty stroke awarded after Watkins Mill goalie Cheryl Urick was called for goalie interference.

It was the Owls' eighth straight region title and 11th in 13 seasons as they begin their quest for a fifth state title with a semifinal game Monday afternoon at Goucher College. The Owls (13-0-1) needed two second-half goals against Gaithersburg on Tuesday to advance with a 2-1 win.

The talent on this year's team, which features a completely new starting lineup, is apparent -- the players have had JV success in years past, and an unbeaten regular season. But what about the resilience shown by a team that underclassmen dominate?

"They did a good job of keeping their composure," said Westminster co-coach Sue Hooper. "They've seen this all before, and that's where you have to give credit to last year's seniors. They know what it's all about."

So when Watkins Mill (11-3) came out with a flurry and got a goal from Stacy Dorr on a well-executed penalty corner seven minutes into the game, the Owls locked in and went about their usual business.

"They were tough," Hooper said. "They controlled the ball well and were moving the ball better than we did early on. When they scored, it woke us up. It was kind of like a replay of Tuesday's game."

The only difference was junior forward Lindsay Iadevaia, who chose to tie the game before the halftime break instead of after, which she did on Tuesday.

The Owls began to dominate midway through the first half and were finally rewarded when Iadevaia stuffed a goal past Urick along the right side with under a minute to play. Senior Linnea Pagulayan, who scored the game-winner Tuesday with four minutes left in regulation, was credited with the assist.

The penalty stroke and eventual game-winner from Harris came after Urick sat on the ball after a scramble in front of the Watkins Mill cage, denying the Owls the chance to make a play on the ball.

Harris lofted the free stroke past Urick's right shoulder. It was the second time this season Harris converted a penalty stroke goal.

"It was a nice stroke and came at a great time," Hooper said.

Harris said the Owls' ability to come back should be beneficial at state.

"We just knew we had to settle down and play together," she said. "We're not used to coming back so this will help us now that we know how to deal with it."

Pub Date: 11/01/96

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