Century, Westminster unable to settle it, 0-0

Owls have stronger effort but goal proves elusive

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 14, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

A tie in soccer can be taken a number of different ways.

Some teams leave the field satisfied, some feel fortunate, some believe they deserved better and so on.

After No. 9 Century and host Westminster played 100 goal-free minutes yesterday -- 80 minutes of regulation plus two 10-minute overtime periods -- both teams left disappointed, albeit for different reasons.

It was Westminster -- which had a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal -- that spent much more time with the ball, having a couple of just-a-matter-of-time stretches, though it was unable to break through. And it was the two-time defending state champion Knights (6-1-3, 3-0-1 in Carroll County) who left wondering why that was the case.

"I just don't think we were ready to play," said first-year Century coach Gary Sandridge. "They didn't want it, I guess. I can't really explain it. It's up to the girls; it's in their heads. We had a couple that wanted to play, but we need all 11 to play the whole game, every game and they just didn't want to do that."

The aggressors from the start, the Owls (6-1-3, 1-0-2) constantly got to the ball first and had one of their best chances in the first 15 minutes. Brittany Baer had a shot from right in front that Knights keeper Chloe Nichols (10 saves) had to drop down for to make the save. Chelsea Leister followed up with a shot, but defender Alicia Burkhart was able to clear it.

"We had two golden opportunities early that we don't finish on and then the match drags on and on," said Westminster coach Terry Molloy. "I don't think this was one of our better matches. We've played much better at times."

At the other end, junior Brittney Eger created most of the scoring chances for Century, which put five shots on goal that were all handled by Westminster keeper Kristin Greene. In their three years as a varsity program, the Knights still haven't lost to a Carroll County team.

Nichols hopes that doesn't change, but knows it will take more than yesterday's effort.

"We just need to hustle more," she said. "We don't have as much intensity as we used to, but we're getting there. I'm kind of unhappy because I just felt we could have played a whole lot better, but we're going to pick it up."

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