Bates, Westminster top Wright, 2-1

Owls capture region for 15th time in 18 years

4A North field hockey regional

High School

November 02, 2001|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Since returning to the starting lineup from a monthlong bout with mononucleosis to start the season, Westminster forward Ali Bates said she's played with the ferocity of a "caged animal."

Yesterday, in the Class 4A North regional final, the Owls wasted little time in unleashing the talented junior on visiting C. Milton Wright.

Bates scored two goals in the game's first 15 minutes, and Westminster then held on for a 2-1 win to advance to the Class 4A state semifinals at Goucher College for the 15th time since 1983, and 17th overall.

"We all said that we had to come out and score early. That way, our intensity level stays up, " said Bates. "I just came out and I was ready to fire away."

The Owls (10-3-1) will face South region winner Whitman at 12:30 p.m. Monday. A year ago, Whitman knocked Westminster out in the semifinals.

"If we could've gotten that start back ... we were just nervous," Wright coach Carla Harward said. "I think we woke up after -- boom, boom -- those two goals went in, and then we started playing our game. We just weren't prepared in the beginning."

Bates gave her team the lead nine minutes into the game, taking a feed from Christine Leazer following a penalty corner and beating goalie Kara Angela to her left to make it 1-0. She then made it 2-0 six minutes later off a pass from Lenis Hare.

After a shaky start, Wright (8-5-2) regrouped to make a game of it, but got its goal from Kelley Duncan with 3:08 to play.

Poolesville 2, No. 14 Loch Raven 0: The Indians ended the Raiders' quest for their first trip to the state tournament in five years. Michele Repass scored a first-half goal and Holly March added one in the second half. Chrissy Hunter had five saves for the Raiders (10-4), who were outshot 7-1.

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