Westminster seniors can celebrate after first win over Liberty, 2-1 Late goal by sophomore Holman ends frustration for stubborn Owls team

October 14, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

It was a banner night for Westminster's struggling team.

The Owls ended a victory drought against visiting Liberty, coming from behind with two-second-half goals for a 2-1 triumph.

For many of the seniors, those who had played two years of JV and two years of varsity, it was their first win over the Lions.

Sophomore reserve Jason Holman ended the frustration when he scored the winning goal with seven minutes left, giving the Owls (3-6) a second straight triumph. The loss ended a string of five straight wins for Liberty (6-3).

On the decisive goal, the ball came out of the back to forward Mike Nixon, who sent a through ball to Holman. He beat Liberty goalkeeper Craig Rauser, who had allowed just seven goals in eight games in compiling three shutouts, for Holman's third goal of the season.

Liberty took a first-half lead on a goal by Micah Reese.

Tom Storck tied it for Westminster with an assist from Tony Legge.

"We all marked up tight, and didn't let them get too many good chances," said Chris Brothers, one of four in an all-senior backfield.

One of the good chances came when Reese got open for his goal.

"In our last two games before this one, we played well against Linganore, and beat Urbana. There definitely was a carry-over tonight. We're playing with more confidence."

Westminster opened its season with a victory over South Carroll, then lost six in a row, three by one goal.

When Linganore made a first-half goal stand up for a 1-0 win, it was the first time the Owls had been shut out this year.

Against Urbana, Sean Valis and Legge each had a goal and an assist, and Nixon had the other goal, as Westminster won, 3-2. In that one, the Owls led at the half, 2-1.

"With these last three games, I think we're definitely on the rise," said Holman. "The whole team has been playing well."

Westminster has two games left in the regular season, at home against South Carroll on Friday night, and at North Carroll on Oct. 27.

Liberty has three games remaining -- at home against North Carroll tomorrow night; home against South Carroll next Tuesday, and at Linganore on Oct. 21.

Pub Date: 10/14/98

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