Westminster wins, 1-0, in latest shutout

Girls soccer

High School

September 25, 2002|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For the Westminster girls soccer team, last night's 1-0 victory over host Liberty was typical of its season so far.

"We either shut out or get shut out," Westminster coach Terry Molloy said with a laugh.

The Owls have played to two scoreless ties, won twice by shutout and suffered their only loss, of course, by shutout. They're a defensive-minded team that's content to control the play in the midfield and try to score by counterattacking.

When Megan Mullins scored on a header 10 minutes into last night's game, that proved to be enough offense for Westminster (2-1-2, 1-0 county, 1-1 Central Maryland Conference) in a physical game that grew more intense in the second half.

Mullins' goal was her first of the season -- and just the third overall for Westminster. It came when she headed Samantha Stone's corner kick into the right corner of the net before Liberty goalie Becky Webster could move.

"I was aiming for the corner," Mullins said. "That was perfect."

Said Molloy: "We're kind of big when we get in the box. We're good on set plays."

The game's other big play came when Westminster goalie Kristin Greene stopped Kristen Hannon's penalty kick with just under 25 minutes left in the game. Greene guessed correctly, leaped to her right and knocked away a kick that was headed for the top left corner.

Westminster stuck mostly to counterattacking after Mullins' goal, and the Owls did have some chances. Their best opportunity for insurance came when Sara Tenney beat Webster to a loose ball, swerved around the goalie and, despite having a wide-open net, fired a shot that hit the left post with about 17 minutes left in the first half.

Liberty (2-2-3, 1-1, 1-1) rebounded from a flat first half to step up the pace after intermission. Coach Lee Kestler pushed his team to put more pressure on Westminster.

The Lions started right away, getting a good shot in the first minute of the half and keeping the ball in the Westminster end for longer stretches. But in the end, Greene (six saves) and the defense anchored by Stone, Jen Sabo, Mary Beth O'Banion and Molly Coursey registered another shutout.

"We played much better in the second half," Kestler said. "We had plenty of chances, but they were the better team."

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