Overlea cuts down Towson, 1-0 No. 11 Generals come up short

October 22, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Eleventh-ranked Towson joined a not-so-elite group of area soccer teams yesterday, dropping a 1-0 decision to visiting Baltimore County 2A-1A league rival Overlea.

The defending 2A state champion Generals (7-2 overall, 6-1 league) were coming off Friday's emotional 3-2 victory over Hereford, a team that earlier played Overlea (7-1-1, 6-0-1) to a scoreless tie.

But with yesterday's lackluster performance, they joined No. 8 John Carroll and No. 9 North County, losers on Tuesday to unranked Gilman and Broadneck, respectively.

Coach Paul Becker, whose Generals tied Rockville for the state crown, said "It may have been that we just couldn't get up for this after that big win on Friday."

Or maybe because a Towson defender knocked the ball into his own goal in the game's first three minutes. Or because Overlea coach Doug Eisenhauer used sophomore Brandon Van Hoose to mark the Generals' top scorer, Ian Wildey (16 goals, seven assists).

"Brandon plays central midfielder and marks the best player on every team," said Eisenhauer, whose Falcons picked up their fifth shutout. "Everywhere [Wildey] went, Brandon was in his pocket."

In addition, Towson's short-passing offense lacked continuity as the Falcons countered with a long-ball attack, outshooting the Generals 18-16 for the game, and 9-4 in the second half.

The Falcons have the inside track to the county crown and improved their position in Class 2A, Region II, which includes Towson, Hereford, third-ranked Glenelg and 10th-ranked Oakland Mills.

For Overlea, the game-winning play started when Van Hoose sent a long, goal-bound cross into the Generals' defense. It bounced just inside the penalty area.

Overlea junior striker Jason Gabrish rose to meet it with Towson keeper Rob Schwietzer, but they were out-leaped by Generals defenders Miguel Cambra and Mike Ford.

"It was a high ball, and I just went up to create a distraction. It went in off of one of their players," said Gabrish, who got credit for the goal, his team-leading 10th.

"It was a miscommunication on the part of our defenders," said Schwietzer, who matched Overlea's Andrew King with nine saves. "But we didn't stop their fast breaks. Fast breaks have killed us all year."

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