Westminster seizes chance, win

Late goal off of rebound stops Broadneck, 2-1, in 4A East first round

Girls soccer

October 29, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Westminster Owls don't have any gifted goal scorers this season, and it's a rarity to find them string together a bunch of passes to work the ball up the field.

What they do have is hard-working defense and a countering attack that shows a knack for making the most of its chances.

Last night at Broadneck, the Owls were at their resourceful best, getting a goal from freshman striker Brittany Baer off a rebound with 6:15 left in regulation to sneak past the Bruins, 2-1, in the first round of the Class 4A East Region playoffs.

Westminster (6-4-2) will play host to Chesapeake-AA in Thursday's second round. Broadneck, which outplayed and heavily outshot (24-8) yesterday's visitors, closed out the season at 6-5-2.

"I told the kids after, `Bottom line is we go home with a win,' " said Westminster coach Terry Molloy. "It doesn't matter what it looks like. We're content on defending and countering, and we find a way to win."

Last night, it was a fortunate bounce and then a right-where-you-need-to-be goal from Baer.

After the Bruins took a 1-0 lead on a goal from senior midfielder Desi Colon in the 26th minute, the Owls tied the game with just five minutes left in the first half when a Bruins defender misplayed a ball sent in by Owls senior Laura Robinson.

The Bruins spent plenty of time in the Owls' penalty area, but, aside from Colon's goal, the ball never found the back of the net with sophomore keeper Kristin Greene turning away 16 shots.

Colon, around the ball much of the game, squarely hit the top of the crossbar from 15 yards with 10 minutes left and then followed her shot only for Greene to come up with the rebound. It typified the way things went for the Bruins.

"We played well the entire 80 minutes and I can't say enough about the effort. I'm proud of my kids," said Broadneck coach Jennifer Sweeney. "We had more shots on goal and got to more 50-50 balls, but that doesn't count in soccer. You only need a couple opportunities and they were able to put them away."

Baer made the most of her chance, pouncing on a rebound off a shot from senior midfielder Megan Mullins that Broadneck keeper Shannon Ressler had a tough time controlling on the wet field.

"It was close and I knew I had to get to the ball first," said Baer. "[Ressler] fumbled it some and I just followed through and it went in. It was the effort of our whole team, everybody put forth their best effort. That wasn't my goal, that was the team's goal."

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