Westminster coach Bryan Shumaker said after his team's 2-2 decision at No. 8 Mount Hebron yesterday that no one wants to end a game in a tie. But he wasn't complaining, either.
That's because the Owls, who were beaten 5-0 two days earlier by fifth-ranked McDonogh, matched the Vikings step for step.
"We responded very well," said Shumaker. "I'm very proud of the way we played and the effort they put out for 100 minutes."
Senior midfielder Mandy Komar, who scored the Owls' first goal, agreed. "We played really well compared to how we did against McDonogh. We played with a lot more aggressiveness and passion."
Senior Julie Broden scored both goals and senior Katie Elliott had both assists for the Vikings, whose last game was a 1-0 overtime loss Saturday to Old Mill.
Broden gave the Vikings (3-1-1) the lead with 16 minutes left in the first half, but Komar headed Tricia Teal's pass over goalie Kim Rekart to tie the game at halftime.
Most of the second half was played in the midfield. Teal gave Westminster (3-1-1) the lead with 18 minutes left when she converted Kasey Owings' cross from the right corner.
The Vikings tied it eight minutes later when Elliott sent an excellent cross from the left side to Broden, who was streaking down the middle. Broden collected the ball and ran past goalie Amy Ridgely, who had come out to challenge. Broden ran the ball into the open goal.
Both teams had scoring opportunities in overtime, but goalies Rekart (nine saves) and Ridgely (eight) did their job well.
Mount Hebron coach Jonathan Davis said his team "played much better" in the second half. "We had chances, we just didn't convert."
The game was very physical, as evidenced by Komar's swollen right eye.
"I went up for a head ball and [the Mount Hebron player] elbowed me and they called [the foul] on me," Komar said.
Pub Date: 9/25/99