Owls claim regional title by beating Frederick, 3-1 Early second-half goals break open close game

Girls soccer

November 07, 1996|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Both Westminster and Frederick made improbable runs through the Class 4A-3A West Region tournament.

But Frederick's storybook tale ended with a thud in the first 10 minutes of the second half last night. Westminster broke a scoreless tie with two goals just after intermission as the Owls captured the region title, 3-1.

Westminster advances to Saturday's state tournament for the first time and plays Fallston, which upset C. Milton Wright to win the North Region last night. The state semifinal game is at 5 p.m. at Severna Park.

"I told my girls at halftime that the first 10 minutes [of the second half] was the most critical time of the game," said Cadets coach Vince Poska, whose team had won its first two region playoffs by a combined score of 7-0 after struggling to a 1-11 regular-season record.

His words rang true five minutes after intermission when Owls midfielder Kim Frame lofted a crossing pass to striker Katie Curtin, who directed a header past goalkeeper Kristin Sanches to put Westminster up, 1-0.

About two minutes later, Grace McCallum took Frederick's first shot of the game, a high blast from about 20 yards out that almost slipped over Westminster sophomore goalie Amanda Cofflin, who jumped at the last second and pinned the ball against the crossbar to preserve the lead.

Westminster roared downfield after Cofflin's save. Defender Amy Vagnoni sent a long ball in front of the Frederick net and after a brief scramble, striker Courtney Beirne directed a pass to line-mate Bridget Geiman, who scored easily on a point-blank shot.

Frederick threatened again 17 minutes into the second half when midfielder Acicia Gaski drilled a direct kick into the crossbar above Cofflin.

Again, Westminster countered with a run down the field. Beirne found her path blocked about 20 yards from the goal, so she passed back five yards to trailing midfielder Mandy Komar, who looped a shot over Sanches.

"I give Amanda [Cofflin] all the credit in the world," said Westminster coach Bill Cooper. "She really hung in there."

Frederick finally got on the board with about six minutes to play as Lesil Heflin scored off an assist from Allison Bastide.

Westminster had a 24-5 shooting advantage in the game for Cooper, who started the year as an assistant coach but took from Ron Patton late in the season.

Pub Date: 11/07/96

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