Essex rallies past Arundel CC, 3-2

November 01, 1992|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Contributing Writer

The Anne Arundel Community College men's soccer team could have gained an extra shot of momentum going into this week's Region XX playoffs with a win over nationally ranked Essex yesterday.

The Pioneers jumped out to a 2-0 advantage at the end of the first 45 minutes, but at game's end they were on the short end of a 3-2 score.

The Knights netted the game-winner with just one minute left.

Brad Crossley gathered in a pass from Mike Tall, then blasted a left-footed shot over John Gratson.

The win gave Essex (ranked 18th in the latest National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association poll) a final regular-season record 13-3-1 and a top seeding in the region tourney. Anne Arundel dropped to 14-5 and probably will be seeded fourth.

"I thought it was a very evenly played game. We controlled the first half, and they controlled the second half," said Pioneer coach Ken Wolf.

"I think we were a little too pensive offensively during the second half. We put constant pressure on them in the first half, but after Essex scored that first goal, they started to gain momentum."

The Knights began their come back eight minutes into the second period when Wojtek Bujak's hard, low liner was deflected in the nets by Anne Arundel defender Jaime Cornett. Eight minutes later, John Hinnegan rifled a right-footed shot from 35 yards out.

"We had our chances to win near the end, but we just couldn't convert," said Wolf, whose team enjoyed an 18-15 advantage in shots.

The Pioneers scored their first goal 19 minutes into the game, when Jim Dey out-hustled two defenders in front of the goal mouth to stick in a pass from Rodney DeConti.

Twelve minutes later, Anne Arundel struck again. This time Pat Mohr punched in a bouncing ball in front of the goal mouth. DeConti once again was a catalyst, as he let loose a booming shot that was deflected by a Knights player, then headed toward the goal by Brian Lawson.

@4 Essex goalie Zach Thornton recorded seven saves.

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