Calvert Hall steals soccer victory, 1-0 Baker's goal beats Severna Park in OT

September 16, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

As the only starter returning from a Calvert Hall soccer team that last year captured its 15th Maryland Scholastic Association title, Jeremy Baker spent the summer wondering how he would handle the pressure.

But in yesterday's season-opening, 1-0 overtime victory at Severna Park, the senior striker took charge and showed how capable and resourceful he can be.

Just 1:28 of the 10-minute sudden-death overtime had elapsed when Baker capitalized on a miscue by Severna Park defender Ryan Henry during a goal kick for the Falcons.

Severna Park keeper Chris Rippel had played the ball to Henry, who stood 18 yards out and even with the left post. But as Henry pushed a soft pass back toward Rippel, Baker intercepted it, scooted past Rippel and nudged a 10-yarder into the unprotected goal.

"I saw him [Rippel] motion to the fullback, and that's when I took off. And right when I took off, the defender kicked it," said Baker, whose goal raised his career total to 23.

"I was about 15 yards from the defender, but once he kicked it, it only took a split-second for me to get there and take the ball."

It was an interesting twist, because Rippel (13 saves) had spent most of the afternoon robbing the No. 2 Cardinals. He had eight point-blank stops in the second half, when the Falcons were outshot 11-4.

Despite the absence of marking fullback Ryan Voegtlin -- who left the game early in the first half with an ankle injury -- Rippel directed the defensive backfield and thwarted Baker five times.

The 11th-ranked Falcons (0-1) trailed 9-5 in shots for the first period, but outshot the visitors 4-0 in the early moments of the second.

On the rare occasions the Falcons could get behind defenders Greg Metrinko, Danny Johnson, Mike Spath and Jason Matthew, they missed their chances.

"We handled some good teams in preseason scrimmages -- Whitman, Bowie, Howard [County] teams. But we always seem to have a tough time playing against [Severna Park coach] Don Gregg's teams," said 26th-year Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpovich, whose rival has coached the Falcons for 19 years.

"Trapping, passing, playing in the air -- I thought we played terribly today. Jeremy's going to have to get more help from his teammates."

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