For the second time in eight days, North Carroll made Westminster work for a one-goal win.
No. 4 Westminster -- which outshot the Panthers 20-2 in its victory last Wednesday -- held a 15-3 edge in shots last night. But the host Owls needed Ann Brennan to score 6:57 into sudden-death overtime for another 1-0 victory over No. 6 North Carroll.
This game had many similarities to last week's game at North Carroll. Westminster (8-0, 4-0) stayed on the offensive much of the time last night -- but North Carroll (5-2, 3-2) did a better job of generating offense.
The Panthers, after being outshot 10-0 in the first half, got more out of their offense in the second half. Westminster still had the ball much of the time, but the Owls had just a 4-1 margin in shots as North Carroll kept the ball near midfield.
"I didn't feel we were playing the way we could when we got into overtime," said Westminster co-coach Brenda Baker, whose team is the only undefeated one in county play with one game left.
North Carroll had two shots in the overtime, and another time Ahna Hentz got the ball near the cage but the Westminster defense stopped her from shooting with about four minutes left.
But Brennan then took over. When Westminster got a penalty corner -- they held a 13-1 margin in those -- Brennan started the game-winning play by sending the ball to Megan Magee.
Magee then passed it back to Brennan, who was nearly parallel to the cage about five yards to goalie Becky Bosley's right.
Brennan then whiffed on the shot -- but got the ball back, dodged a defender and rolled a slow shot in.
"We were willing to do whatever it took," said Brennan, one of the top scorers in the metro area with four goals and six assists. "We were there, we just needed to get the shot."
Westminster co-coach Sue Hooper praised Brennan for not losing her cool.
"She's something," said Hooper, with a smile. "She doesn't get rattled quickly."
The North Carroll defense once again spent much of the night trying to rattle the Westminster offense.
In addition to Bosley (10 saves), the Panthers once again played tough inside the circle.
Westminster kept pushing the ball inside the circle, but Bosley, Jackie Chase, Mindy Shackelford, Diana Vaughan and Tara Walker combined to shut the Owls down near the cage.
Other than Brennan's goal, the Owls had only a few real good chances. Their best chance before that came when Jen Medura broke through the North Carroll defense with about 8:30 left in the first half, but Bosley stopped her shot.
The Westminster defense also stepped up when necessary. Goalie Carla Phillips made only two saves, but both were on close shots. Shelly Dinterman also made some tough plays -- especially in overtime when North Carroll threatened.
North Carroll coach Denean Koontz said the offense did better than last week, creating some chances, but they just couldn't put the ball in.
"They played a heck of a game," said Koontz. "It could have gone either way."