Glenelg comes through, 3-2 Boys soccer

November 07, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Glenelg players have kept cool heads most of the season in close games.

And despite intense physical pressure from Oakland Mills last night at Howard High, the defending Class 2A champion Gladiators didn't rattle and won the Class 2A, South Region championship at Howard High.

The fourth-seeded Gladiators (8-5-1) beat the third-seeded Scorpions (6-5-2) for the second time this season by 3-2 and improved their record in one-goal games to 7-1. Glenelg also is 4-0-1 in overtime games.

Geoff Duckworth, a substitute who played about 20 minutes, scored the game-winning goal in the 64th minute on a header off Matt Vaccari's throw-in. It was Duckworth's first goal of the season and Vaccari's second assist of the game off a throw-in.

"I just closed my eyes and hoped it went in," Duckworth said.

About 1,500 fans got their money's worth, witnessing a hotly contested game that was marked by the ejection in the 78th minute of Oakland Mills' two best players, Teddy Lawler and Brent Mascott.

Oakland Mills, trailing 3-2, mounted a dangerous scoring threat in front of Glenelg's goal with two minutes to play. Glenelg goalkeeper John Golding fell on the ball. Then Oakland Mills lost its cool. "One kid kicked me in the face two or three times," Golding said.

With 30 seconds to go, Oakland Mills mounted one more dangerous scoring threat, as Rob Severn got off a hard volley from close range that Golding saved inside the near post.

Although Oakland Mills took 14 shots, Golding had to make only three big saves. He made another one by coming out and smothering a shot by Marques Holmes earlier in the game.

"Both teams played an awesome game," Golding said. "Our defense of Andrew Williamson, Chris Schaefer, Scott Bryan and Mikael Soderstrom is the best I've ever played with."

Glenelg scored on its first two shots. The first goal came in the fifth minute.

Tony Marchegiano volleyed in a goal from four yards off an assist by Chad Ecalano. Midfielder Jeff Cline had set the play up with his pass.

Glenelg scored again in the 10th minute from a few yards out when Marchegiano, standing at the far post, headed in Vaccari's throw-in.

Oakland Mills coach Don Shea pulled starting goalkeeper Aaron Dane and replaced him with Kyle Stephens.

The Scorpions rallied in the 28th minute when Severn's header off Keith Murphy's throw-in found the net.

Two minutes later Oakland Mills scored again. This time Holmes' volley beat Golding who was not quick enough coming out. Lawler got the assist.

"The game was more physical than I had anticipated, but the refs called a tighter second half to our benefit because we rely on our technical skills so much," Glenelg coach John Bouman said. "Oakland Mills had just as many chances. We just happened to get one in."

The Gladiators advance to the state semifinals Saturday against an undetermined opponent.

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