Key trips Owls, 2-1, on goal from Miller in second overtime Westminster drops first to county foe since 1994

Field hockey

October 01, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Francis Scott Key accomplished something no other Carroll County school had been able to do since mid-October 1994 and ended years of frustration in the process when it scored two minutes into the second overtime to defeat Westminster last night, 2-1.

In the end, a blend of experience and youthful enthusiasm helped No. 7-ranked Key (6-1), a Class 2A school, give seven-year coach Mindi Wagner her first victory over the perennial Class 4A power.

Sophomores Kelly Miller, who scored, and Stacey Foster, who fed her, combined for the winning score, as Westminster goalkeeper Emily White lay sprawled, stretching in vain to deflect the ball out of a scramble in front of the cage.

Throughout regulation time, Key got strong play from seniors Megan Straehle, Jordan Torbeck, Stephanie Lawrence, and Laura Thompson, plus sophomore Sarah Guynn, along with junior goalkeeper Becky Arnold (eight saves).

Westminster (4-4) had countered with defenders Laura Reese and Carrie Reeve in front of White, along with forwards Audrey Pritts and Mindi Carnegie.

The home side had the better of the first half, with Straehle getting the only goal midway of the period. Westminster took over in the second half but managed only the tying goal from Carnegie with 23 minutes left.

Each side lost a valuable player three minutes into the first overtime when Lawrence and Reeve had a forehead-to-forehead collision that sent both to the sidelines.

Then, Westminster was forced to focus its play a man down for a five-minute span that bridged the two overtimes after Kelly Klima drew a yellow card with 3 minutes 56 seconds to go in the opener. The Owls went back to full strength 1: 04 into the second, just ahead of the game-winning shot.

"I thought we hustled to the ball more in the first half, but the second was Westminster's better half," Wagner said. "I thought we were quicker in the seven-on-seven, too."

Westminster coach Brenda Baker said: "We came from behind to tie and got some momentum, and we played well when we were a man down. We did everything we could do."

Earlier, in an attempt to get some scoring punch, she had brought sophomore Laura Yingling up from the JV.

Lack of scoring has been a problem for the Owls this season after ringing up 38 regular-season goals in fashioning a 12-0 record a year ago.

The team has been shut out twice and scored only once in each of its other two losses. That White, a senior and second-team All-Metro choice last year, hasn't been getting the same kind of support as when she produced 10 shutouts and allowed two goals, is reflected in the eight goals allowed this season.

Pub Date: 10/01/98

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