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Westminster edges Towson girls soccer in Class 3A North Region semifinal

Westminster's Georgia Gillcrist, left, and Towson's Ariel Barbosa vie for the ball during the Owls' 1-0 playoff victory Friday.
Westminster's Georgia Gillcrist, left, and Towson's Ariel Barbosa vie for the ball during the Owls' 1-0 playoff victory Friday. (Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun)

Taylor Whitmers goal in the 18th minute was the margin of victory, as the visiting Westminster girls soccer team edged Towson, 1-0, in the Class 3A North Region semifinal Friday afternoon.

Towson coach Matt Clifford said his team consistently played well in the most important games of the season, but the Generals performance this time left him searching for words.

Towson (9-4) managed only five shots.

This was not us today, he said. We did not show up. I think nerves had something to do with it. We are a young team. This was not the team that had some big wins this season. We beat Sparrows Point, Dulaney, Eastern Tech and Hereford.

Clifford said he was missing three starters: defender/forward Lucy Schenidereith (sprained ankle) and her sister Jamie, a defender who had been out with a concussion, and midfielder Abby Coccagna (college visit).

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Westminster scored on a corner kick. Caroline Frock sent a ball into the box and after it deflected off Erick Lewis, Taylor Whitmer gained control and beat senior goalie Katie Flores (six saves) from six yards out.  

Towsons best chance to score in the first half came with 15:05 remaining, but Ariel Barbosa headed Emmy Germans corner kick over the goal.

A few minutes later, Lewis, a defender, blocked Barbosas shot off another corner kick.

Westminster (9-5-2) controlled play in the second half and threatened to score early in the period when Georgia Gillcrist boosted a ball into the box on a corner kick.

Ellie Dinsmore, however, made a nice defensive play and headed the ball out of danger four minutes into the period.

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A few minutes later, Dinsmore also headed the ball out of the box on a Whitmer throw-in.

In the middle of the half, Flores thwarted a scoring opportunity, jumping up and snatching a ball near the goal on another throw-in.

Towson didnt generate much offense in the second half and didnt have any shots in the last 10 minutes.

Westminster came close to adding an insurance goal in final five minutes. Gillcrist beat a defender and missed a wide-open with Flores out of position.

Then, Flores made a diving save on Allison Crabbes hard shot.

I dont think we played very well, Westminster coach Todd Muschik said. We didnt do the things we typically do. We got a decent goal in the first half and it lasted.

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