Key School Gains 1-1 Tie

Short-handed Obezags Just Miss Upsetting Aacs

October 02, 1991|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Staff writer

You have a 5-0 record, but your leading scorer is on a camping trip,your entire roster is down to 12 players and your opponent has a 5-1record.

Oh, and your head coach is gone, as well. No sweat, right?

"Well, I'll tell you, we didn't even think we'd be in the game today," said Key School interim coach P. J. Donegan, who filled in for regular head coach Lee Curry. "With some of our starters missing, we were just happy to come out of (the situation) alive."

Not only did the visiting Obezags keep their unbeaten string intact, but they nearly came away with a minor upset of Annapolis Area Christian School.

Josh Segerstrom converted a low crossing pass from Keven Moldenhauer with 7 minutes, 28 seconds left in regulation to give the Eagles a 1-1 tie in yesterday's non-league boys soccer game.

"We were definitely fatigued near the end of the game," said Key School stopper Adam Huile.

"And after they scored, we were kind of down, because we felt that it could have been avoided. But it was a very good play."

Fatigue "was the main thing," said Donegan. "We've played six games in the last nine days. We played yesterday, and that was another overtime game that we won (3-2 over Grace Brethren of Prince George's County), so we were kind of tired."

Striker Jason Goldenblatt gaveKey the lead just 8:20 into the game. Drew Uroskie booted a left-footed cross through the AACS defense, and Goldenblatt took the ball in midstride and sliced a drive into the lower right-hand corner past keeper Todd Painter (four saves).

"I'm really proud of these guys. They played well," said Donegan, whose team was outshot, 18-5. "Brandon definitely had a good game in goal. And our sweeper, Eric Leshinsky, also played well.

A valiant defensive effort led by goalie Brandon Pletch (14 saves) and defenders Huile and Chris Meacal kept the Annapolis Area offense from cashing in on 13 other scoring opportunities during the first 80 minutes, and four more attempts during the two 10-minute overtimes.

Pletch "made some great saves during the second half. We really didn't challenge him during the first half," said Eagles coach Bob Topp.

During the second half, the Obezags withstood a barrage of near-misses by the hosts.

With less than 20 minutes remaining in regulation, midfielder Ryan Robey's header from Tim Jacobs (six goals, one assist) hit the top of the crossbar and bounced into Pletch's arms.

Two minutes after Annapolis Area knotted the score, fullback Brent Wolfe pounded a line drive from 30 yards that Pletch deflected with a dive to his left.

Seconds later, a centeringpass from Jimmy Himes -- the county's leading scorer with nine goalsand four assists -- in front of the goal skidded off the feet of several Eagles and onto the foot of Moldenhauer, whose attempt again wasdeflected by Pletch.

"During the whole time the ball was in frontof the goal, I kept thinking, 'I just want to fly in the air and make the save,' " said Pletch.

Himes' left-footed drive with less than two minutes remaining in the second overtime looked like the game-winner, but it bounced off the left post.

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