N. Harford's run in playoffs ends a little too soon

November 17, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Before the season, North Harford boys soccer coach Ed Zorn believed his team would be competitive in the county, and he was hopeful of a shot at the regionals.

It turned out to be a bittersweet situation on both counts.

The Hawks tied for third in the county standings at 4-3 (8-4 overall), with each loss by a single goal.

The record was good enough to put the school in the Class 2A, Region IV playoffs. The sweet part was the team's playoff wins over J. M. Bennett and Elkton.

The bitter part came Saturday night, when Rockville (14-0-2) defeated the Hawks, 2-0, in a 2A semifinal at Catonsville Community College.

The Montgomery County school, a defending state co-champion (with Towson), will play Glenelg, a 2-1 winner over Oakland Mills, for the title Saturday.

Rockville, which has allowed one goal all season, scored once in each half.

Where Zorn had alternated senior John Tittle and sophomore David Zorn, his son, in goal during the season, the responsibility fell to Tittle in the last two games.

David Zorn had been red-carded against Bennett and had to miss the Elkton game. "We understood Rockville played the ball in the air, and I felt John would be more aggressive and come out after the ball better," Ed Zorn said.

"From the start, I thought we'd have a good team, but I didn't know it would develop as well as it did," the coach continued. In 12 regular-season games and three playoff games, no opponent got more than two goals against North Harford, and -- until Rockville -- no loss had been by more than a goal.

"For the entire year, I thought we played to our potential. Really, I thought we could have gone all the way" Ed Zorn said.

Certainly, the No. 4-seeded Hawks put up a determined bid against the top seed. They got stellar play from their twins, backs Keith and Kirk Chesla, in front of a hustling Tittle (nine saves).

Ed Zorn told his team after its last game, "I would be happier if you had won, but I couldn't be more proud of you and your effort."

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