When Westminster makes its customary trip to Goucher College for the state field hockey playoffs, it usually has plenty of company from fellow Carroll County teams. That's not the case this year.
No. 5 North Carroll (11-4) will not return to Goucher this year after a fine season ended Thursday when it was upset by Centennial, 1-0, in the Class 3A North region finals. With a 2-1 loss to Poolesville, Francis Scott Key saw its string of 10 straight state playoff appearances end in the first round of the Class 1A West region playoffs.
Liberty and South Carroll have made a number of appearances at Goucher in past years, but both were beaten in the region playoffs.
The No. 3 Owls (14-0) will be making their 11th trip in the past 13 years when they take on Whitman (14-1) at 3 p.m. today in the Class 4A state semifinals.
"At this point, we're not going to change what we do," said Westminster co-coach Brenda Baker. "We read in the paper they were 14-1 and that's good -- we tend to play better when we go up against the better teams."
Senior Jen Medura (11 goals, three assists), Ann Brennan (nine goals, six assists) and Megan Magee (eight goals, two assists) lead the Owls offensively.
Soccer players honored
Eleven players from Carroll County were chosen to the all-state team selected by the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer Sunday.
On the girls side, Liberty junior forward/midfielder Shanna Ziegenfuss and South Carroll senior defender Jamie Baier were first-team selections. South Carroll junior forward Lindsey Vosloh and senior defender Carrie Tamburo joined Liberty senior midfielder Michelle Clawson on the second team. South Carroll seniors Sara Wachter and Erin O'Neill were honorable mentions.
For the boys, Francis Scott Key senior striker Robbie Green and Westminster senior defender Dave Johnson were second-team choices with Liberty junior Jamison Combs and South Carroll sophomore Brian Gehle earning honorable-mention status.
Key ready to step it up
The Francis Scott Key volleyball team needed just 30 minutes Monday to get past Carver A & T -- 15-6, 15-1, 15-1 -- in the Class 1A South quarterfinals.
The No. 8 Eagles (17-0) will play host to Monocacy Valley Athletic League foe Catoctin tonight at 7. In the two regular-season meetings, Key needed four games to get past the Cougars at Catoctin before a three-game sweep at home.
"[Catoctin] always plays us tough, so we'll need to be ready," said Key coach Leo Totten. "I think we need to step it up a notch and we've been able to do that every match so far."
Carroll Christian falls
The Carroll Christian volleyball team closed out a fine season at the National Association of Christian Athletes tournament in Dayton, Tenn., last week.
The Patriots (17-6) ran up against some tough competition. It started with a three-game loss to Louisiana-based Reserve Christian in the first round. The Patriots won the first game, 15-12, and after dropping the second game, were up 13-11 in the deciding game before Reserve came back to win, 15-13.
In the losers' bracket, the Patriots lost two straight to Riverdale Baptist (Prince George's County) before losing to Grace Christian (Brandon, Fla.) for seventh place.
Nicole Dean was an all-tournament selection and the Patriots received the sportsmanship award.
Green Terror recognized
Four Carroll County graduates now playing at Western Maryland College were among 11 named to All-Centennial Conference teams.
In women's soccer, sophomore goalie Julie Backof (Westminster) and junior forward Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key) earned first-team All-CC status along with freshman midfielder Stephanie Van Deusen. Freshman Natalie Hannibal (Liberty) made second team with sophomore Erin Kelly an honorable mention.
The Green Terror field hockey team had five players on the All-CC team. Junior back Kellie Mitros and junior midfielder Jodi Wagner earned first-team honors. On the second team were forwards Katie Haley, a sophomore, and senior Heather Seaburg.
Freshman goalie Jaime Moyer (South Carroll) earned a spot on the honorable-mention list.
Sophomores Denise Dill (honorable mention) and Carrie Shadrick (second team) were Western Maryland's representatives on the All-CC volleyball team.
Junior defender Mac Wilson (honorable mention) was the lone Green Terror picked to the men's soccer team.