Gibbons advances on penalty kicks

November 04, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Cardinal Gibbons broke a 1-1 overtime tie with John Carroll by outscoring the Patriots on penalty kicks, 8-5, at Bel Air yesterday, and advanced to the semifinals of the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference playoffs. It marks the first time the Crusaders have made it out of the first round.

Gibbons (11-4-1) will play Archbishop Curley, a 5-0 winner over Boys' Latin, in one of tomorrow's semifinals.

In the shootout, the two sides alternated shots from the penalty stripe, and Gibbons went ahead on the first round and stayed there, failing to score on only one of its first seven shots. John Carroll continued to have its troubles after an opening-round miss, failing on two of its first four and three of its first five.

John Carroll (11-4-1) forced the overtime when Mark O'Connor converted a penalty kick at 28 minutes, 56 seconds of regulation play. The call came when Gibbons goalkeeper Ryan Beaumont was out of the goal and back John Farrell made a save with his hands.

"If I don't grab it, it's a goal," Farrell said as he came off the field.

Cardinal Gibbons, without three starters because of injuries, scored at 4:18 when V.J. Impellara, one of two freshmen brought up from the junior varsity as replacements, made the most of an unsettled situation in front of the goal, taking a pass from Steve Wojciechowski and knocking the ball to the far corner past goalkeeper Eddie Maynard.

John Carroll ended with a 32-19 margin in shots for the game, and a 22-11 margin in the second half and two scoreless five-minute overtime periods.

"They're a good pressure team, but we are quick and have been scoring a lot of goals," said Gibbons coach Roch DeFrancis.

Said John Carroll coach John Hughes: "We should have won it in regulation. We picked up the pressure and took it to them in the second half. We did everything but win."

Gibbons has outscored its opponents by an average of three to one, and keeper Ryan Beaumont went in backed by seven shutouts. Maynard had been equally tough for John Carroll, which outscored its opponents by an average of 2.25 to 0.75. Maynard, a senior, had seven shutouts.

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