South Carroll earns tie with Westminster

Double-OT effort eases Cavs' past frustration

Field hockey

High Schools

October 16, 2001|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It had been over two decades since South Carroll walked away with a win against perennial county field hockey power Westminster.

The Cavaliers will have to wait at least one more year, though a 1-1 tie yesterday at South Carroll certainly helped brush aside some of the bitter memories of years past.

"I wouldn't call it a victory," said South Carroll coach Erin Soulen, a 1992 South Carroll graduate. "But it's most definitely what we've been working for."

For Westminster (7-2-1 overall, 2-1-1 county), however, the double-overtime tie had larger ramifications, keeping the Owls in the hunt for county and Central Maryland Conference titles. Westminster will now play host to North Carroll Monday possibly with both titles on the line.

"We'll take a tie over a loss any day," said Westminster coach Judie Puckett, whose team outshot the Cavaliers, 12-9. "I feel like we outplayed them, so it's frustrating not to come away with a win. But if we would've lost today, that would've put the title out of reach for us."

Early, it looked as though South Carroll (6-2-2, 2-2-1) might play the role of spoiler. The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead when sophomore Kerrie Wuenschel found senior Connie Wuenschel in front following a flurry near the cage, and the elder sister scored to put the Cavaliers ahead, 1-0, with 15:14 to play in the first half.

The score remained that way until late in the second half, when Westminster mounted its best offensive of the game, keeping the ball deep in South Carroll's end for several minutes.

"We needed it; we needed a goal," said forward Christine Leazer. "We all got pumped up as soon as we got in the circle and we just kept on pressuring. I guess you could say it was a matter of time before we got it in."

Leazer did her part, taking a shot from in front, racing to pounce on the rebound and putting a follow-up to the right of goalie Emily Chamelin with 9:10 left in regulation.

The teams then traded scoring chances throughout two 10-minute sudden-death overtime periods before time expired.

After starting the year 5-0-1 before losing consecutive games to Liberty and North Carroll, the Cavaliers - which lost to the Owls in double overtime a year ago - appear to have recaptured the intensity they had in abundance earlier this season.

"We went through a spurt where our intensity was really down, and we've been really working on trying to get it back up," said Soulen. "We played a little better today. I thought we took it to them offensively."

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