South Carroll pays penalty, 2-1 Komar's kick pushes Westminster past Cavs

Girls soccer

September 23, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Westminster, outplayed in the first half, rallied from a goal down in the second to get past visiting South Carroll, 2-1, on a penalty kick by Mandy Komar with three and a half minutes left yesterday.

The win was the fourth in a row for No. 12 Westminster (4-3), but it did not come easily.

South Carroll (3-2) playing for the first time in a week, got its goal from sophomore Jen Conaway 20 minutes into the action, and missed several other chances before intermission.

Two different teams showed up for the second half. Junior Rachel Lindsay got the tying goal halfway through, and the two sides appeared headed for overtime when South Carroll was whistled for a hand ball in the penalty box.

Komar, who had connected on a pair of long-range free kicks in Saturday's 5-1 victory over Dulaney, put the ball in the lower left corner.

"I was nervous before the shot. I get that way, but once the whistle blows, I try to kick it as quickly as possible, hopefully before the goalie gets set," Komar said.

The Cavaliers' All-County keeper, senior Amanda Hughes, never had a chance, even with a diving try.

For the game, Hughes was credited with 15 saves, and got help from a strong back line that featured junior Katie Hancock and sophomores Kim Lowry and Leah Onda. Hughes had one nice deflection, tipping the ball over the crossbar on a shot by Lindsay from the right side. Moments later, from the other side and closer in, Lindsay put a shot into the far corner.

South Carroll, limited to one goal in two of its previous four games, stalled again. "We got the chances [21 shots] but we couldn't score," said coach Jim Horn.

The frustration of coming that close and then losing was evident as he said, "We're not really stepping up and taking charge. A different team showed up in the second half, and it has been that way. Hopefully, we can learn from this."

Westminster coach Bryan Shoemaker was quick to praise his opponent. "That first half, they were really aggressive, and must have won 90 percent of the 50-50 balls. Also, they're very poised in back."

He saw that on his own side, where junior Becky Ridgeway had an excellent effort.

"In the second half, we created more opportunities, spread the field, and got more shots."

Pub Date: 9/23/98

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