Yesterday's 1-1 tie between county 4A boys soccer foes Annapolis andOld Mill didn't do quite enough to heal the wounds from some tough luck suffered by both squads last week.
Last Friday, the Panthers were nudged in double overtime by undefeated Chesapeake, 2-1, while the Patriots were held to a scoreless tie by Glen Burnie, a scrappy sub-.500 team.
This time, the Patriots' Matt Servinsky tied the match at 27 minutes, 54 seconds in the second half on a 35-yard floater over lunging Panther goalkeeper Jak Karl.
Tom Sfakiyanudis booted in a miscue between junior goalie Mike Mullen and several defenders to give Annapolis (5-2-2 overall, 0-1-1 Friendship Division) the lead 13:06 into the first half.
Mullen made his first start because of Brian Layman's thumb injury, suffered in an off-season wrestling tournament. Layman played most of the game at striker.
"I think we played well today, especially in the second half," said Panthers coach Dave Gehrdes. "We got a little defensive minded again (after taking the lead) and then we started playing hard again after they scored."
Old Mill coach Don Hobbs said, "I'd rather play until there's a winner. I hate this, especially when you get in a situation when you need to earn points to get into the playoffs.
"In this situation, I can't blame Dave for playing for a tie," he said. "He needs the points, he's still in the running for the playoffs. He gets a tie, and it's almost as good as a win.
"Our chances of getting into the playoffs aren't real great, so we're trying to win. And it's tough to win one when someone's playing for a tie."
Although the Pats (4-3-2, 0-0-2) outshot the Panthers, 24-11, Annapolis may have had the most chances to win during overtime, when it held a 4-3 shots advantage.
Fullback Rueben Torres saved what could have been the game-winning goal with three minutes left in the second overtime, when he cleared a header by Lars Schultz.
The shot hit the crossbar, then bounced in and out of the hands of substitute goalie Aaron Speight. Torres bounded past severalplayers to send the ball sailing out of danger.
Patriot striker Bob Thomas fired two of his team's three shots in overtime, as Karl (13 saves) made a reflex kick save on Thomas' last shot.
"We're getting the shots. We just can't put the ball in the net," said Hobbs, whose team is 1-1-2 in overtime this season.
"I thought the kids played well, and I thought they played tough."
Gehrdes said, "A tie doesn't kill us, but a win would have helped."