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Westminster's Haleigh Moore talks about the Owls win over Century.

Twice during the first half of Century's game Wednesday against visiting Westminster, Knights' sophomore goalie Claire Hollinger shouted out to her defense about senior forward Madi Macera.

"Who is guarding number nine?" she exclaimed.

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Opponents have to watch Macera closely since the county's leading goal scorer has racked up a whopping 16 goals, but the Owls have a lot more firepower than just Macera — Century learned that tough lesson in a 6-1 loss.

Two junior forwards, Haleigh Moore (3 goals, 2 assists) and Veronica Maring (2, 1) powered Westminster (6-2, 3-0 county) to the win.

"It's a great feeling to have Madi, Veronica and Haleigh all on the forward line," said Owls coach Katie McDonald, whose team held a huge advantage in shots (18-3) and penalty corners (13-4). "They each are really capable of scoring, and each have multiple goals in almost every game. We just don't have one player for other teams to mark up. That's awesome."

Maring got the Owls rolling in the first half when she scored off a feed from Moore with 19:36 remaining.

Less than a minute later, Moore (8 saves) beat Hollinger with a hard shot to give Westminster a 2-0 lead.

"We came out very slowly," Moore said. "We had it on their end a lot, but we weren't capitalizing. Once we did, we set the tone."

Century didn't have a shot on goal in the first half.

"It's tiring to constantly having to be defending," Century coach Jess Goodwin said.

Things didn't change much in the second half for the Knights. Moore assisted on Westminster's third goal about 10 minutes into the period. Macera scored on a blistering shot from the center of the 16-yard circle.

Moore boosted Westminster's advantage to 4-0 when she redirected Chloe Sankovich's shot into the goal.

"She is super aggressive around the goal all the time," McDonald said of Moore, who had 12 goals and 14 assists last year. "You can tell she wants to score. She knows where her teammates are and she is great at playing off the goalie's pads."

Maring and Moore added goals midway through the second half and sophomore Grace Bruce scored with 2:20 remaining for Century (6-3, 2-1).

Goals: W-Haleigh Moore 3, Veronica Maring 2, Madi Macera. C-Grace Bruce

Assists: W-Moore 2, Maring, Chloe Sankovich.

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Saves: C-8 (Claire Hollinger); W-4 (Lauren Jenne).

Halftime: Westminster, 2-0.

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