Westminster, Liberty aim to complete play Tues.

Lightning-delayed game carries title implications

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 16, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After the suspension of their key Carroll County boys soccer contest on Tuesday because of lightning and poor field conditions, Westminster and host Liberty will most likely play the rest of the game early next week.

"The state bulletin says that it's a complete game unless the local supervisor gives permission for the game to be completed," said Bruce Cowan, the county's supervisor of athletics. "If they request to have the game completed, we'll complete it."

Both coaches have given the go-ahead, targeting Tuesday for the game's completion. Play was halted with 10:31 left in regulation and Liberty leading, 1-0.

"If it were a meaningless game or something for third or fourth place, that might be one thing," said Westminster coach Fran McCullin. "But when you're talking about putting somebody in the driver's seat ... I'm sure there are other teams with a vested interest in the outcome of this game besides just Liberty and Westminster."

A win would give the Lions (8-1-2 overall, 3-0-1 county) at least a share of the title in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Chesapeake Conference, as well as the inside track to the county title, with just one county game left.

Should Westminster (5-3-1, 3-0-1) rally to win, the Owls would claim the county title outright. A tie could set the stage for a three-way tie for Carroll County honors with Liberty and Century, and would make Thomas Johnson the conference champion.

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