Winters Mill settles for third tie of season, 1-1

Failure to finish on offense hurts against Westminster

Girls soccer

High Schools

September 16, 2005|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Bryan Shumaker hasn't yet figured out how to take his Winters Mill girls soccer team over the edge, though the Falcons coach knows he's getting awfully close.

For the third time in five games this season, Winters Mill settled for a tie last night. Despite dominating portions of their Carroll County game against host Westminster and outshooting the Owls 25-14, the Falcons time and again came up empty against a stubborn defense in a 1-1, double-overtime draw.

It was the second tie between the two rivals in as many seasons. For Shumaker, whose team won a tournament game earlier this season on penalty kicks, the question of how to finish on the offensive end remains a mystery.

"We're playing what we consider to be decent soccer right now ... but obviously something has to happen to put those away," Shumaker said. "This isn't one time. ... Clearly this is a pattern we've established. We just need to find that finishing touch."

For Westminster (2-2), which last year advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals, the object was to keep Winters Mill from doing just that.

"We know they're a passing team," said Westminster coach Byron Moore. "Our goal was to clog the middle."

Winters Mill (1-1-3) dominated early, taking the game's first five shots and nearly scoring when midfielder Melissa Rankin's hard shot from the right side sailed just over the crossbar.

It was the Owls, however, who struck first - and on their first shot of the game.

Danielle Kazyak set up the play, controlling the ball deep in Winters Mill's end before passing it between two defenders to Brittany Baer, who lined a hard, 10-yard shot past goalie Leanne Hollinger with 22:36 left in the half.

Despite taking twice as many shots, however, the Falcons needed the help of a mistake by the Owls to pull even.

With the ball near her own sideline in Falcons territory, Baer stopped and sent a short pass behind her, but it went right to Winters Mill's Katie Hertsch, who scored on a high shot from 22 yards with 16:15 left in regulation.

In the final seconds of regulation, the Falcons' Rankin helped to force overtime with a game-saving play at the defensive end.

When a shot by Baer got by Hollinger and dribbled slowly toward the goal line, Rankin sped toward the ball and knocked it away with just inches to spare.

Call in stats

The Sun is compiling statistics for football, boys and girls soccer, field hockey and volleyball to be published on Wednesdays in Varsity.

Coaches or team statisticians should call 410-332-6786 or 800 829-8000, ext. 6786, on Friday and Saturday (until 11 p.m.), or send an e-mail to patomalleysports@aol.com.

Here's how to do it:

Start by giving the sport, your name and phone number, and your school. Please give your leaders only and make sure to spell out the names.

Here's the breakdown:

For football - rushing: attempts, yards, average, touchdowns; passing: attempts, completions, percentage, yards, interceptions, touchdowns; receptions: total, yards, average per catch, touchdowns; scoring: touchdowns, extra points, field goals, total.

For field hockey, boys and girls soccer - scoring: games played, goals, assists, total; goalkeepers: games played, goals against, saves, saves percentage (divide the saves by the combined total of saves and goals against).

For volleyball - kills: games played, kills, average; serving percentage: serve attempts, serves made, percentage; assists: games played, assists, average.

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