ELDERSBURG — After Westminster sophomore goalie Logan Covey made a point-blank save on one of Century's attackmen late in the final quarter, he threw his arms up in celebration as he paced within the circle.
The players on the Owls' sideline couldn't be silenced as they hollered and shouted cheers for their defensive voice. Covey made 15 saves against the Knights as the Owls got past their county foe 9-1 on Thursday.
"It's really good," Covey said. "I made three one-on-one saves, everyone got pumped and down on the offensive side we just got goals, a great win."
"He had numerous one-on-one stops and that just deflates an opponent when a goalie has a one-on-one snuff the way he did," Westminster coach Steve DeFeo said. "We were able to quickly clear the ball in most cases and get up to our offensive end and possess the ball and I think our offense did a fabulous job of possessing the ball and eating up a lot of time on the clock tonight."
Junior attackman Bubba Love got the team's momentum swinging with three goals in the first quarter. He simply did what he had to do, he said.
Century senior Chris Maurantonio took a pass from midfielder Colin McAuliffe and attempted to finish the shot, but Covey made his first point blank save of the night to keep the Knights off the scoreboard. Less than a minute later, Christian Etchison scored off a feed from Alec Kozlowski, and Kozlowski responded with a goal of his own shortly after.
Everything seemed to be clicking for Westminster on Thursday. The Owls (5-1, 3-0 in the county) dominated from the face-off "X" 9-1 and took control of 19 loose balls compared to Century's 15.
They took a 5-0 lead into the half and kept the momentum going.
"We've been practicing everything, ground balls, anything," Love said. "We come to put it all on the field."
Kozlowski scored twice more in the second half — one goal was tipped in off of Knights senior goalie Chris Yanchoris, but Kozlowski delivered the shot. Etchison notched a goal as well in the second half as well.
In the fourth quarter, Century senior attackman Luke Asher took a pass from Jalen Stanton and sent the shot to the goal from the side and it bounced in off Covey to give the Knights their first score.
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Etchison intercepted a Knights pass with 5:13 left to play but his shot hit the goal post and sailed back through to the midfield. Yanchoris made 10 saves for the Knights (3-4, 1-1).
The Owls have not lost a game since their season opener against Mount St. Joseph. DeFeo said his players have come a long way since the start of the season. Thursday's victory provided a good example of that.
"Our defense really stepped up," DeFeo said. "Logan was outstanding in goal and our defensive players, including our defensive midfielders really did a great job of shutting down their offense tonight."
Goals: W-Bubba Love 4, Conner Covey, Alec Kozlowski 3, Christian Etchison 2; C-Luke Asher.
Assists: W-Love, Kozlowski, Patrick Stewart; C-Jalen Stanton.
Saves: W-15 (Logan Covey); C-10 (Chris Yanchoris).
Halftime: Westminster, 5-0.