HAMPSTEAD — A championship streak, a torn tennis shoe, the goal that wasn't and a Hereford jinx.
All were part of the chronicle of last weekend's indoor soccer championship games at the Four Seasons Sports Complex as two Carroll adult teams won titles and three other county teams came close.
JJ Gloss tripped another local team, the Westminster Sweep, 5-3, Saturday to take the 30-over crown. JJ Gloss teams have won three straight over-30 titles at the complex.
Only third in the regular season, Gloss rallied to beat second-place New Freedom (Pa.) and then the first-place Sweep in the tournament.
"We regrouped ourselves thelast three games. We played together as a team," said Coach Chip Gachot.
Bart Vandenberg scored three times and Earl Nixon and Carlos Garzon once each to put Gloss up, 5-0, at the half.
The defense, and particularly goalkeeper Rick Tehansky, held Westminster the secondhalf.
The other county champ at Four Seasons was North Carroll, which topped Westminster, 10-2, Sunday night to win the Open Men's (ages 18-29) division.
But another North Carroll team, the under-16 boys coached by Sean Alisea, wasn't able to hold a big lead.
Saturday, Alisea's squad blew a 7-1 halftime lead in its championship game and fell, 8-7, in a double-overtime shootout to York (Pa.) Rams United.
Alisea, a 1991 North Carroll High grad, learned how best-laid plans can be thwarted by the unexpected.
"We were real upbeat. We felt we had the game under control (at halftime)," said Alisea.
ButCliff Dull, whose scoring sparked North Carroll in the first half, had torn a shoe and didn't want to play with it taped up.
The NorthCarroll junior stayed on the sidelines much of the second half and York came back.
He eventually re-entered the game, but it wasn't enough.
Westminster coach Bill Aversa watched his team lose a 2-1 heart-breaker to Hereford, Baltimore County, in Sunday's under-12 boys Gray Division final.
Josh Casserly's second-half goal halved Hereford's 2-0 lead at the time and gave Westminster hope.
"That was the spark we needed. We needed to score a goal," Aversa said.
Not long afterward, Westminster appeared to score again, but the referee's whistle had sounded just before, nullifying the goal.
The Freedom Strikers under-12 boys' Blue Division team also can attest to Hereford's prowess.
Hereford's Blue Division entrant edged Freedom, 3-2, in Saturday's championship finale.
It also handed Freedom its onlyregular-season loss, which gave Hereford first place in the regular-season standings.
"They're just a quality team," said Striker coach Mike Roy of the opponent he couldn't beat.
Saturday, Freedom's Edward Haddaway and Chris Poklemba scored second-half goals, but, as with the two other frustrated Carroll teams, it wasn't enough.
Perhaps Alisea best summed up the frustration of Carroll's three losses: "When you get to that stage, you either do it or you don't do it."