N. County holds off Old Mill, 3-2 Boys Soccer

November 08, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

When North County boys soccer coach Steve Malone talked before the season about his squad's failure to make the playoffs last year, he said, "No team beat us that wasn't better than we were."

Not many teams were better than North County this year. Most importantly, no one was better than the Boys soccer

Knights in the Class 4A, Region IV playoffs.

Junior forward Emmanuel Uche scored in the opening minute of the game, and the third-seeded Knights withstood a late rally to defeat fourth-seeded Old Mill, 3-2, last night in the region final at Chesapeake High.

North County (12-2) begins play in the state 4A playoffs Friday or Saturday. The day and location will be determined tonight.

The Knights had a 3-0 lead with 12:54 left in the game, but Old Mill scored twice to the last eight minutes. The Patriots' last goal came on a header by Joakim Zander with 16 seconds remaining.

"When it was 3-0, I felt a heck of a lot better than I did when it !! was 1-0," Malone said. "We kept trying to tell them that the game wasn't over. I knew in the end, [Old Mill] had nothing to lose. They were going to throw everything at us."

Uche's goal made certain that Old Mill (9-4-1) wouldn't come away with its ninth shutout. Senior Mike Hoskins directed a pass to Uche along the left sideline, and Uche sent a slow roller past Old Mill keeper Mike Mullen and two Patriots defenders trying to cover an open net.

"To tell you the truth, it always scares me when you score that quick," Malone said. "All the games I've seen, I would say that 98 percent of the time, the team that has scored that fast has lost. The quick goal is not always the blessing it appears it's going to be."

It was on this night.

"We weren't ready to play when we got off the bus," said Old Mill coach Don Hobbs. "I don't know why. I could tell at school, I could tell coming out on the bus."

North County built on its lead with 18:18 left in the game, thanks to a tripping call against Old Mill.

The Knights were awarded a penalty kick after Troy Hoskins went down in the box, and senior Shawn Moyer converted with a blast into the left corner to make it 2-0.

Chris Cosentino gathered his own missed shot and scored with just under 13 minutes left.

Senior Don Yost scored Old Mill's first goal.

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