Westminster caps season perfectly No. 3 Owls finish 12-0 with win over Wright


The rich Westminster field hockey tradition includes four state titles and so many region and county titles, not even co-coaches Sue Hooper and Brenda Baker can keep up with the numbers.

But all those successful teams never produced a regular season like the one the 1995 Westminster Owls put together.

The No. 3 Owls made it 12-0 last night with a 3-0 win over visiting C. Milton Wright. The Owls did it in typical dominating fashion, owning a 32-0 margin in shots and 16-0 edge in penalty corners against C.M. Wright (7-5). For the season, the Owls scored 38 goals and yielded just two.

There were no definite answers as to what made this team the first to finish the regular season perfect, but the overall impression left a good indication.

Hooper, in her 24th season, and Baker, in her 13th, were quick to give credit to their players.

Senior Ann Brennan, who scored twice last night to lead the way, was even quicker in saying: "We went out and did it for Hooper and Baker -- they deserve the perfect season."

Senior Megan Magee, a four-year varsity player, said it best: "We're just a big family."

A big family that still knows it has plenty of work to do. The Owls have dominated their state semifinal games the past two years only to come home with disappointing losses.

"If we play intense for 60 minutes, I feel we can beat anyone," Brennan said. "The two losses in the state semis are still fresh in our mind and that's been our incentive -- that's not going to happen again."

A standout effort from Mustang goalkeeper Jen Reedy (16 saves) kept the score down.

Brennan gave the Owls a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game off a penalty corner. Reedy made the first two saves, but Brennan finished from in close on a rebound. It was another rebound early in the second half that gave the Owls a 2-0 lead and it was again Breenan, who has eight goals and six assists.

Senior defender Nikki Cornell closed out the scoring off a penalty stroke awarded late in the game.

There are 12 seniors on the Westminster roster with a handful playing in their third season at the varsity level.

"They kept the intensity up all 12 games and played their game," Hooper said. "Togetherness, team unity has made this team unique. They all have a good game sense and know where everyone else is on the field."

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