Owls win field hockey crown

No. 9 Westminster defeats No. 5 N. Carroll to capture county title

Fall sports

October 19, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Tough defense has been No. 9 Westminster's calling card all season, and yesterday it helped the host Owls win their first Carroll County title in field hockey in eight years.

The Westminster defense slowed No. 5 North Carroll's attack and recorded its 11th shutout of the season, locking up the county title with a 2-0 victory. Megan James and Beth Jancuska each scored once, and Carolyn Bonck assisted on both goals.

Westminster (11-1 overall, 5-1 in county) has allowed one goal this season, coming in a 1-0 loss to South Carroll. But the Owls got strong games from Nikki Rush, Michelle Hediak, Lindsay Nichols and Lindsay Kibbler in the back to keep the ball away from goalie Kate Slade (two saves).

"We knew that if we fell into the hit-and-run game they like, we'd fall apart," Bonck said. "It would have been messier."

North Carroll (10-2, 5-1) posted eight straight shutouts heading into this game and had allowed just seven goals in its first 11 games. Much of this game was played around midfield. There was a combined total of only 12 shots (Westminster seven, North Carroll five), but the Owls broke through in the second half.

The two teams could meet again in the Class 4A North Region finals.

No. 1 South River 2, No. 4 Severna Park 1 -- Kerry Dress scored the game-winner on an assist by Stephanie Peterson with 6:04 left in the game for the visiting Seahawks (14-0). Haley Rausch scored the lone goal for the Falcons (11-3).

No. 12 Towson 1, No. 9 Catonsville 0 -- Caitlin Powers scored the game-winner with six minutes left on an assist from Alex McGovern during a corner play by the visiting Generals (13-2). Towson won the Baltimore County Championship. The Comets (11-3) won the last matchup, 1-0, on Oct. 2.

Boys soccer

No. 1 McDonogh 2, No. 3 Archbishop Curley 0 -- The host Eagles controlled play throughout, getting a goal from senior striker Chris Agorsor in the 11th minute and second-half insurance from senior Andrew Bulls to take over first place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. McDonogh (16-1-3) improves to 10-1-3 in league play, while Archbishop Curley (18-3) falls to 11-3 in the conference.

No. 12 Mount St. Joseph 2, North Harford 1 -- Christian Macari scored the game-winner with five minutes left in double-overtime as the visiting Gaels (11-5) edged the Hawks (5-7). Tom Fischer gave Mount St. Joseph a 1-0 lead at the three-minute mark of the first half before North Harford Bryan Young tied the score midway through the first half.

Patapsco 3, No. 15 Eastern Tech 2 -- Gary Rader scored the game-winner at the 19-minute mark of the second half as the host Patriots upset the Mavericks (7-3-1).

Girls soccer

No. 4 Severna Park 3, No. 15 South River 1 -- Jenny Thornton had a goal and an assist as the visiting Falcons (12-2) beat the Seahawks.

No. 7 Centennial 2, Oakland Mills 0 -- Alyssa Vorce and Amanda Mathews each scored a goal for the host Eagles (9-0-1). Rebecca Knecht recorded four saves in the shutout. Margo Santiago had nine saves for the Scorpions.

No. 11 Eastern Tech 4, Patapsco 0 -- Brittany Rhodes scored twice and Amanda Walters made two saves in the eighth shutout for the Mavericks (10-1-1).

No. 14 Loch Raven 2, Franklin 0 -- Kacey Callahan scored twice in the first half to power the visiting Raiders (10-2-1) past the Indians (5-5). Danielle Delisle made four saves for Loch Raven, and Franklin's Emily Karsh had 10.

Sun reporter Glenn Graham and staff reports contributed to this article.

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