Overlea's Gabrish calls, scores winner

November 05, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

When Overlea's Jason Gabrish scored the winning goal with 43 seconds left in yesterday's Class 2A, Region II semifinal game against No. 4 seed Hereford, he did it not only for his teammates, but also to fulfill a promise he had made to a referee.

"The official said, 'Five more minutes until the end of regulation,' and I said, 'You don't have to say regulation, because the game's going to be over when I score,' " said Gabrish, a junior transfer from Archbishop Curley. "I called it and, luckily, it happened and I didn't look bad."

Gabrish's goal, his 13th of the season, came when he fielded the ball in front of the net, dribbled through three defenders and kicked the ball past a diving Bulls goalkeeper Mike Bailey (14 saves).

"I got around a couple of guys. The ball bounced my way. I just shot it low in the corner and the goalie couldn't get to it," Gabrish said. "We had a lot of opportunities early, but we couldn't put it in the net.

"The same thing happened last time we played Hereford. This time, it came down to the last minute, but at least we did it."

Top seed Overlea (11-1-1), now faces Oakland Mills in Saturday's 5 p.m. region final at Dundalk Community College.

Yesterday, Overlea had plenty of chances to score in the first half -- compiling a 9-3 lead in shots -- but came up empty and found itself in a halftime tie. A regular-season game against Hereford (9-3-1) ended in a scoreless tie.

"We figured we could beat them to the outside, and we did so fairly consistently. It was just a matter of patience and patience and waiting to put one in," said Overlea nine-year coach Doug Eisenhauer, whose team was stopped by Towson in last year's region semifinal.

"At halftime, I told the guys to keep playing the way they were playing and the shots would start to fall. I didn't expect it to fall with under a minute left to go, but I'll take it."

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