Friends edges Park in OT, 2-1

April 27, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Defense was in vogue during yesterday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference matchup between visiting Park and Friends School.

Friends claimed its third overtime victory of the season, 2-1.

"I never thought I'd ever win a game with two goals, but then again, I never thought I'd win one with three goals and we did that against [Archbishop] Curley," said Friends coach Jon Garman, referring to his team's 3-2 overtime win over the Friars earlier this season. "But it's a win, which we needed."

With only the two top teams from the B Conference qualifying for the playoffs and upstart John Carroll still undefeated, yesterday's victory gave Friends some breathing room as it begins its second round of league competition.

Park, on the other hand, won't get any breathers.

"We have our work cut out for us now," said Park coach Lucky Malonee, whose teams haven't beaten Friends since 1987. "Even if we win the rest of our games, we're not guaranteed a spot in the playoffs."

The Quakers (6-4, 4-1), who lost their leading scorer, Adam Dougherty, for the season to a separated shoulder, took a 1-0 lead in the second quarter when Andrew Geison scored an extra-man goal on a feed from Taylor Smith.

The Bruins (5-2, 3-2), who bowed to Friends three times last year, including a 9-5 loss in the MSA B Conference championship, tied the score 1:59 into the second half on an unassisted goal from Kevin D'Anna.

Both teams struggled with the basics -- passing and catching -- in the scoreless fourth quarter before Smith scored the unassisted game-winner 2:11 into overtime. Smith picked up a loose ball near the crease after a shot by teammate Steve Travieso and whipped it past goalkeeper Fabian Lima (seven saves).

While their offense battled to maintain possession, the Quakers' defense forced numerous turnovers on its half of the field. Creating most of the problems for Park's attack and making life easier for Friends goalie Mike Fine (eight saves) were Ben Thompson, Ned Fitter and James Simermeyer.

"You got to hit the shot. We had an opportunity to, and we didn't and they did. Their kid picked up a loose ball and threw it in, and our kid wasn't able to do it," said Malonee, whose team will try to rebound Friday against Archbishop Spalding.

"Both of these teams are cut out of the same mold. They have strong defenses and good goalkeepers and their offenses aren't as potent as they've been in the past, so they're very conscious of holding onto the ball."

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