Towson holds off Loch Raven, 3-2

October 15, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

The No. 11 Towson boys soccer team bought itself a healthy insurance policy in the first half of yesterday's Baltimore County 2A-1A matchup by outshooting, out-passing and thoroughly outplaying host Loch Raven.

In the second half, however, Towson was forced to collect.

After playing possibly their most sluggish half of the season, the fatigued Generals had to rely on their early goals to carry them to a 3-2 victory.

"We kind of ran out of gas," said Towson coach Paul Becker, who was forced to field several players suffering from various illnesses. "I really thought after we got two goals in the first half that we'd just roll."

Instead, the Generals were kept on the defensive for most of the second half. After outshooting the Raiders, 14-4, in the first half, Towson gave up seven more shots than it took in the first 30 minutes of the half.

The Raiders kept the pressure on Towson's defense in the second half. Lee Sorvalis made it 2-1 42 seconds into the second half with a 10-yard shot from in front of the goal off a pass from Jeremy McDonough.

Then, after Michael Ford headed in a Ryan Moran pass to give Towson a 3-1 lead with 34:39 left in the game, the Raiders once again answered.

This time, Todd Poling scored by beating goalie Rob Schweitzer to a loose ball in front of the goal and knocking it in to make it 3-2 with 31:20 left to play.

"I was very pleased with the way we played in the second half," said Loch Raven coach Sam Nuttall. "For the first time this year, the kids really went to the ball."

But despite several more scoring chances for the Raiders, they were unable to pull even. Midway through the half, a long shot by Poling veered just high and wide right of the goal, and seconds later a Poling crossing pass rolled through the box just past the outstretched legs of two Loch Raven attackmen.

"The way we played in the second half, this team could've played with anyone in the county," said Loch Raven coach Sam Nuttall. "I think we deserved a little bit better fate."

With the win, Towson put pressure on division rivals Overlea and Hereford to keep pace. All three were undefeated in the league entering play yesterday.

"I think this was one of, if not the, biggest games for us," said Wildey. "This was a test, and I think we did really well."

* Franklin 4, Randallstown 1: Senior midfielder Eric Monroe scored three goals and had an assist as host Franklin (5-0-1, 5-0-1) defeated Randallstown (0-4, 0-3) in a Baltimore County 4A-3A contest.

Girls soccer

* McDonogh 5, Spalding 0: Freshman Laurie Schwoy had two goals as host McDonogh (11-2, 5-1) beat visiting Spalding in a Catholic League A Division game.

* John Carroll 6, Mercy 1: Krystin Porcella scored two goals and Amity Torbit added a goal and an assist as host John Carroll (6-0-3, 4-0-3) used a five-goal second half to roll over No. 15 Mercy (3-4-1, 2-3-1) in Catholic League A Division action.

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