Overlea underwhelming in win No. 3 Falcons beat Chesapeake, 5-0 Boys soccer

September 22, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Overlea goalkeeper Lance Burgess figured yesterday's boys soccer game at Chesapeake was a blowout waiting to happen.

But his teammates kept him waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

Although the No. 3-ranked Falcons (2-0) eventually beat the Bayhawks, 5-0, the score might have been a lot more lopsided.

"The chances were there, but the intensity just wasn't what it should have been," said Burgess, a second-team All-County player. "I think everyone was too worried about racking up their stats."

Chesapeake (0-2) appeared to be a likely victim, coming off an 8-0 loss to Patapsco.

The Falcons, meanwhile, were coming off a 2-1 victory over No. 8 C. Milton Wright three days earlier. C. M. Wright earlier had hTC sandwiched ties with then-No. 1 Calvert Hall and then-No. 2 Centennial around a 7-1 rout of then-No. 12 Mount St. Joseph.

Overlea outshot Chesapeake 51-4, with two of the Bayhawks' shots coming on direct kicks. The Falcons missed from close range on six of their first eight shots.

John Brazier opened the scoring by one-timing his volley past keeper John Ziegler (20 saves) off a throw-in by Mike Tirschman. It was 2-0 eight minutes later after the first of Brazier's two assists to Rob Ennis.

"I think we were kind of down after a big game," said Brazier, a senior striker. "We just didn't get up for this the way we should have. And we started fighting among each other."

But the Falcons dominated from the start, wading through the Bayhawks' midfield behind halfbacks Tirschman (two assists), Brandon Van Hoose and Craig Schoepflin. Too often, however, the Falcons' offense fizzled in the penalty box.

"They [Bayhawks] did a good job of pulling up on the offsides trap, and that caught us a couple of times," Tirschman said. "We're not used to a team that plays kick-and-run like that."

Junior striker Jason Owens, who scored both goals against C. M. Wright, and his front-line mates were thwarted by Ziegler.

But Owens did just as good a job of frustrating himself, missing 10 shots from within 10 yards of the goal before assisting Ricky Schafer for the third goal and scoring the fourth off a pass from Brazier.

"I didn't have a good day," said Owens. "I was trying to pass too much. But I don't think the decision-making was there for any of us today. We tried to get too cute."

Other than a miscue by Ryan McMillion, who inadvertently kicked the ball into his own goal for the Falcons' fifth score, Chesapeake coach Jim Kuhlman was satisfied with the Bayhawks' defense.

"I think Overlea's skill really took over in the second half," said Kuhlman. "But I think they were surprised by our presence."

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