Stone's goal proves enough as Owls blank N. Carroll

1-0 win is fifth shutout of season for Westminster

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 02, 2002|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Westminster girls soccer team didn't generate much offense last night against visiting North Carroll. But the defense proved tough enough to give the Owls another shutout victory.

Samantha Stone scored midway through the first half, and the Westminster defense made it stand up, turning away several scoring chances to post its fifth shutout with a 1-0 win.

Westminster coach Terry Molloy says his team is better suited to playing a defensive style, working hard in its own end and counter-attacking. The Owls rarely make mistakes on defense and are very effective at clearing the ball.

"We're pretty solid on defense," Molloy said. "We're not stellar, but we make plays."

Stone has made many big plays this year for Westminster (3-2-2 overall, 2-1 county, 3-2 Central Maryland Conference). The sophomore has had a hand in four of the team's five goals this season and made a great individual effort to score the game's lone goal.

North Carroll (3-2-2, 1-1, 2-1) had been pressuring the Owls in their end when Westminster cleared it to Sara Tenney at midfield. The junior sent a long ball down the right wing into the Panthers' end. Stone took off, swerved around a North Carroll defender, collected the ball and fired a 15-yard shot inside the far post with 17:20 left in the first half.

"It was a perfect ball [from Tenney]," said Stone, who has two goals and two assists this season. "If it wasn't for that ball, I wouldn't have been able to score."

The Owls then settled back on defense. They found some more scoring chances before North Carroll turned up the heat in the final minutes. But players like Stone, Jen Sabo, Mary Beth O'Banion and goalie Kristin Greene helped stop the Panthers.

North Carroll's Heather Tomko had a few good scoring chances, her best coming on a header that Greene made a diving stop on with about 22 minutes left. Tomko had hit the left post earlier in the second half.

Carly Rihard made a nice cross that hopped over Donna Weglien's foot in front of Greene with 12 minutes remaining. Rihard had the best chance to tie, but her volley after a corner kick in the final two minutes bounced off the crossbar.

"We had bad geometry tonight," North Carroll coach Jim MacDonald said. "The ball bounced out instead of in when it hit the underside of the crossbar. ... We knew it'd be hard to score on them."

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