The halftime break couldn't have come any sooner for the Westminster Owls last night at South Carroll.
Despite taking a one-goal lead in the early going, it was the Owls who were on their heels and the young Cavaliers who were
pressing before intermission.
A South Carroll goal never came and it enabled Westminster to regroup, score an insurance goal in the second half and come away with a 2-0 win.
"It's a mind set thing and there's no reason. We feel we're a goal up and sitting all happy and pretty, but that's not true," said Westminster coach Chuck Beaver. "We were making them feel good and they were pumped up going into halftime, as they should have been. We knew we had to score the next goal or that gives them a chance to get right back in it."
Westminster (5-3-1 overall, 3-0 in the county) dominated the first 10 minutes of the game with a number of scoring chances and went ahead when Chris Boundy one-timed a short cross from Jan Kunze along the left side.
Instead of continuing to press, the Owls seemed to sit back after the goal and South Carroll (1-7-1) took the play right at them, controlling the midfield and continually beating the Owls to the ball.
David Fetterhoff had a shot just over the crossbar. Ken Jenkins sent another shot just wide. Brandon Dorsey put a direct kick from 20 yards out that Westminster keeper Roland Backhaus punched over the top. The Cavaliers just couldn't find the net.
Midway through the second half, with the Cavaliers still looking for the tying goal, the Owls put the game away when Kunze finished well on a shot from 12 yards out. The Cavaliers had a quality scoring chance just after the Westminster goal, but a Westminster defender cleared a shot off the goal line to keep the Owls' two-goal lead.
"We were doing so well then we were the victims of our own success," said South Carroll coach Charlie Fazenbaker.
"Usually we've gotten frustrated and gotten out of our game plan. This time I think we got too excited and got out of our game plan."