Cuomo powers Towson Boys soccer

November 03, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Towson coach Randy Dase called freshman Ryan Cuomo his "money man" after yesterday's 1-0 overtime win against visiting Overlea in their 2A North Region semifinal soccer game.

Cuomo cashed in five minutes into the extra session, after senior Ian Wildey deflected a 20-yard direct kick off a wall of Overlea players.

The ball bounced straight up and back down toward Cuomo, whose split-second, 10-yard header froze keeper Jim Smedley (six saves) before settling into the net's lower corner to Smedley's right.

Cuomo's effort touched off a celebration for the 10th-ranked Generals (10-1), who will face top-ranked Fallston at Hereford on Friday. Fallston blanked Loch Raven, 4-0, in the other semifinal.

"He did the same thing in our first game of the season against Sparrow's Point," said Dase, referring to a 4-3 win. "We were down, 3-1, and he scored twice to tie the game. Then Ian won it for us."

This time, Cuomo (six goals, two assists) ended the season for No. 12 Overlea (8-4-1), which dominated the game by outshooting the second-seeded Generals (21-9) through regulation, including 9-1 in the second half.

"We had been getting shut down up front," said Cuomo. "A lot of balls went over the top or out of bounds and we couldn't get to them."

The game bore little resemblance to last week's 4-1 Towson win.

"Last game, I really didn't try to show them too much," said Overlea coach Doug Eisenhauer. "This game, we did some things differently on offense to free up [Brandon] Van Hoose to run the midfield."

Overlea was done in last week by a three-goal effort from Wildey (16 goals, nine assists). But freshman Chris Schafer -- playing his first varsity game for Overlea -- limited Wildey to only two shots yesterday.

"We prepared him all week just to mark Ian and he did everything I asked," said Eisenhauer.

"I knew it was coming because they really didn't mark me that hard last game," said Wildey, an All-County player last season. "He [Schafer] had my jersey pretty much the whole game. I'd start a run, he'd stop in front of me, and I'd have to push him -- but I'd get called for the foul."

Towson, on the other hand, collared Overlea's top scorer, Jason Owens (10 goals, three assists) with Chi-Chi Geraldo. And keeper Jon Vaupel (13 saves) kept the Generals afloat most of the game, including a block of Craig Schoepflin's 12-yard bullet on a direct kick midway through the first half.

"Jon helped us dodge a few torpedos early," Dase said. "We should have been down three or four goals."

Third-seeded Overlea's transition worked in high gear behind midfielders Van Hoose and Schoepflin until seven minutes before overtime, when Van Hoose and Towson's Dan South were ejected for fighting.

"That really slowed us down, because things were working really well," said Schoepflin, one of only five seniors on Overlea's roster. "We had been shutting down Wildey and [Spencer] Ford, their top players."

Towson lost to Overlea, 1-0, at home during last year's regular-season game, and Dase felt fortunate to escape that fate yesterday.

"We were good, but we were also lucky," Dase said. "Sometimes, your own back yard comes through for you."

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