Patapsco advances to final,beats Towson in shootout

November 13, 1990|By Rich Scherr

Patapsco coach Pat Poletynski gave no speeches before her team's state Class 1A/2A semifinal against Towson at Howard last night. Although her Patriots had lost, 3-0, to the Generals in their final regular-season game, they needed no revised game plan.

"I didn't say a thing," Poletynski said. "They were just thankful to get another shot.

And Patapsco took advantage. After 80 minutes of regulation and 20 of sudden-death overtime produced a 1-1 tie and the game remained tied, 2-2, after the first five players for each team in the shootout, three of the next five Patriots scored to give Patapsco (13-1) a 5-2 shootout victory.

Patapsco advanced to Saturday's state 1A/2A final, in which it will meet Middletown (Frederick County), which had beaten Loch Raven, 4-0, earlier in the evening.

This one, however, came down to the wire.

With the game tied at 1-1 late in the second sudden-death overtime period, Patapsco's Linda Bauer nearly scored off a corner kick. With 6 minutes, 52 seconds to go, her kick hit the top crossbar and bounded straight down to the ground. The referee, however, ruled the ball out of play.

Then, with 1:02 left, she again hit a corner off the crossbar. But as time expired, the game remained tied, 1-1.

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