Unbeaten Owls top North Carroll, 2-0 Agile goalie White helps Westminster to 9-0 mark

Field hockey

October 11, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Junior Emily White had the save of the game. Seniors Becky Towns, Lindsay Iadevaia and Lisa Duke took care of the offense. And top-ranked Westminster got by No. 7-ranked North Carroll, 2-0, last night.

The win at home boosted the Owls to 9-0 for the season, 25-0-1 for the last two years. North Carroll, which has lost only to teams rated ahead of it, Westminster and No. 6 Francis Scott Key, dropped to 7-3.

Along the way, White has fashioned seven shutouts, and allowed one goal in each of the other two. At the other end, her teammates have scored 27.

White's key stop came with 13 minutes left and Westminster holding a 1-0 advantage. White made a stop on the right side and when the ball caromed to another North Carroll player, she made a diving stop.

"On the first shot, I did a split to stop it, and the ball hit off my pads. Another player got her stick on it, and I dived after it," the animated goalkeeper explained. "I was going to make that save if I had to eat it."

North Carroll coach Denean Koontz said her team did not get enough scoring opportunities, and didn't capitalize on the ones it did. Of White's save, she added, "We needed that one."

Towns assisted Iadevaia on the first goal, three minutes into the second half, and scored off a short pass from Lisa Duke with 4: 09 left.

"We like to dominate a team from the beginning," Towns said. "Getting that first goal is important. A lot of hockey is played low while keeping your head up. We talk, and look for each other. On the first goal, I just crossed the ball, and Lindsay hit it. On my goal, the ball hit and kind of bounced through traffic and into the cage."

Westminster coach Brenda Baker said recent practices had been intense, with drills utilizing team speed, and working under pressure. "It translates into game situations," she said.

Koontz was more emphatic about the Owls' speed: "The difference was their speed, their quickness. That's not just running to the ball; that's everywhere."

Towns was more emphatic about the practices, one-on-one and two-on-one drills, offense vs. defense. "The practices have been harder than the games."

Westminster was celebrating its annual "family night," and an enthusiastic crowd of several hundred -- a big change from the sport's normal gatherings of friends and relatives -- was on hand for the festivities.

"There were so many people, it was tough to concentrate," said Iadevaia.

The forward has been scoring goals of late, after a series of assists, and the team's leading scorer says, "My goal was important in the sense of us dominating, but usually I'm the set-up person. I think it's more important to get the ball upfield."

Pub Date: 10/11/97

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