Chesapeake upsets Westminster Cougars' sudden-death win ends Owls' run of 9 straight state tournament berths

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November 04, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Megan Skiles scored in sudden-death penalty strokes and host Chesapeake-AA (9-3-3) upset Westminster in a Class 4A South Region semifinal yesterday. In the process, the Cougars ended a string of nine successive state tournament appearances by Westminster (10-6).

The two teams were scoreless through regulation and two 10-minute overtimes to set up penalty strokes for advancement. Each side scored once in a set of five chances to reach the sudden-death situation.

After Skiles scored on her team's first shot, goalkeeper Valerie Bryant protected the lead with a save on a shot by the Owls' Michele Weinbrunner. In regulation, Emily White, Westminster's second team All-Metro goalkeeper of a year ago, had six saves and Bryant had nine.

The triumph was almost the reverse of last year's regional final when Westminster won in the first round of penalty strokes.

In that one, the Carroll County team tied the game, 1-1, with a goal in the last 20 seconds of regulation, and they were scoreless in the overtimes. In strokes, Westminster scored on its first two chances and White stopped four Cougars' shots to seal it.

Chesapeake will seek its fourth state tournament appearance tomorrow at Dulaney, a 1-0 victor over North County. Previously, the Anne Arundel County school had been to the states in 1981, 1982 and 1995.

Westminster has appeared in the state tournament 14 times, winning five championships, including the inaugural event in 1976. Its last title was in 1996, and it was a runner-up last year.

No. 8 North Carroll 2, Broadneck 0: The Panthers used superior midfield play and two first-half goals to earn a victory over visiting Broadneck yesterday in their Class 3A North Region semifinal.

North Carroll (13-1) will play for the championship at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Catonsville (11-1-1), a 1-0 semifinal winner at Wilde Lake.

Freshman Melanie Slessinger and senior Jessica Bradford scored for the Panthers in the last twelve minutes of the half. Slessinger got her seventh goal with an assist from Bradford, who was assisted by Meredith Gill some five minutes later.

"What hurts is that we made mistakes on two free hits and they capitalized [for goals] both times,".said Broadneck coach Phoebe Kelly.

A midfield led by seniors Gill and Erin German dominated play the rest of the way. The Bruins had no second-half shots.

Meanwhile, the home team spent most of the last 30 minutes on the attack, but were denied a score by a stellar job in goal from junior Sarah Glassman, who had 18 saves, 12 of them in the second half. In that same span, North Carroll had five of its nine corners.

The Panthers were in position to add to their total, but a penalty stroke by Gill hit the pipe and caromed away.

This was a rematch of a regional meeting last year, when Broadneck won, 3-2. "We tried not to make a big deal of that, because that was last year, and you still have to show up," said North Carroll coach Denean Koontz.

As it turned out, "showing up," was more of a problem than usual for North Carroll, as two of its players were involved in an automobile accident on their way to the game. Neither was physically hurt, but they were shaken by the experience.

Junior Lauren Moore, normally a starter, was held out for a while before entering the lineup, and senior forward Sara Stone played in the second half.

Of Moore, Koontz said, "She really complemented the others today. She played well."

No. 13 Catonsville 1, Wilde Lake 0: Kara McLeod scored midway through the first half to lead the defending regional champion Comets (11-1-1) in a Class 3A North semifinal. Annie Troutman had nine saves for the host Wildecats (7-8).

Pub Date: 11/04/98

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