Winstead, Wilde Lake find niche vs. Hammond

Sophomore finally scores, netting two in 5-1 victory

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 16, 2002|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

The Wilde Lake girls soccer team's scoreless streak reached two games with a 1-0 overtime loss to Centennial on Monday, but that was nothing compared with what Brittany Winstead was going through.

Still looking for her first goal of the season, the sophomore said that she was a little frustrated entering yesterday's game at Hammond. Afterward, Winstead was all smiles.

Winstead scored just seven minutes in, and she added another goal 18 minutes later to jump-start the 13th-ranked Wildecats to a 5-1 victory over the Golden Bears yesterday.

On her first goal, Winstead accepted a drop pass from sophomore Addie Hobart and blasted a right-footed shot into the net. Her second goal was even prettier, as she trapped Laine Angle's corner kick on the far side of the box and sent a rising shot into the top corner of the net.

"I was waiting there wondering if it was going in, and when it went in, it felt really great," said Winstead, whose team improved to 6-2-1 overall, 5-2 in county. "I wanted to score before the season ended, so this was a great chance for me."

Hammond (5-5, 3-4) responded to Winstead's second goal by dominating the latter part of the first half, but beat Wilde Lake junior goalie Bridget Holcomb (10 saves) only once.

Senior Lauren Nuffer, who is in the midst of a torrid pace with seven goals in her past four games and 11 goals and five assists on the season, bent a direct kick from 25 yards over the Wilde Lake wall and into the near side of the net to make it 2-1 about 9 1/2 minutes before halftime.

But the Golden Bears lost all momentum six minutes into the second half. Hobart caught the Hammond defense in an offside trap and beat junior goalie Amy Keller on a breakaway.

Keller was starting in place of senior Heather Steele, who was injured in the Golden Bears' 2-0 win over Long Reach on Monday.

Hammond coach Peter DiMarco seemed to have a legitimate gripe about the lack of an offside call. The disputed goal seemed to deflate the Golden Bears, who had won their past three games, but ran out of gas yesterday.

"It could've been a different game if we scored on a couple of chances early on, but they are a very good team," DiMarco said.

Sophomore Tracy Aitken and senior Lynlea Cronin also scored for Wilde Lake.

"It's hard playing an overtime game and then coming out the next day," said Wildecats coach Robin Grey. "We looked pretty slow to start out, but starting playing a little better."

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