Following consecutive losses to open the season, the Westminster boys soccer team went to South Carroll last night looking to cash in on its hard, preseason work.
The Owls didn't win but didn't go home empty-handed, either.
Despite being outplayed during the first half, Westminster played the host Cavaliers to a 1-1 tie in a Carroll County and Central Maryland Conference game.
"It gets our kids' heads up and points us in the right direction," said Westminster coach Fran McCullin, whose team opened with 4-1 losses to Urbana and Glenelg. "We knew coming into the season that those first two games, especially with our youth, were going to be tough. Now, we're starting to get some things corrected."
South Carroll (1-1-1 overall, 0-1 county and CMC) dominated play throughout the first half, outshooting the Owls, 8-2, nearly scoring on several occasions.
About five minutes into the game, the Cavaliers' Travis Skinner sent a hard shot off the crossbar, and Brandon Nee's follow-up from the left side was saved by goalie Todd Siwinski.
Midway through the half, Mike Aaron's effort from 15 yards was met by Siwinski, diving to his left. Siwinski again came up big in the 36th minute, leaping high to knock away Tyler Smith's direct kick.
Westminster (0-2-1), 0-0-1 county, 0-1-1 CMC), however, broke through first. In the 55th minute, goalkeeper Ryan Webb came out to snuff Matt Duke's break-away attempt, but the ball caromed to David Ledford, who popped it over Webb's head for a 1-0 Owls lead.
Just over 5 minutes later, South Carroll tied the score, with Aaron passing across the goal mouth to Jonnie Jenkins for a headed goal.
"Mike had a perfect cross," said Jenkins. "It was all him on that."
The score stayed that way through two 10-minute overtimes. In the second overtime, each team failed to cash a prime scoring chance, with the Owls' Justin Starnes firing just wide left and Nee firing a break-away shot off the top of the crossbar.
"It was really disappointing [that we couldn't win]," said Jenkins.