Chesapeake's too much for North County, 5-1

September 30, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

In the week leading up to last night's game against North County, No. 11 Chesapeake experienced a humbling loss to Eleanor Roosevelt and a narrow victory over South River.

That's why last night's 5-1 win over the visiting Knights in an Anne Arundel County 4A League game was so important.

"This was the first time we put it all together," said striker Ryan Frommelt, who led the Cougars with a goal and two assists.

"We had a couple of sloppy games before this, so we wanted to come out and play well.

"Tonight we shot well, we passed well. It was sweet."

After taking a 2-0 lead, Chesapeake watched the the Knights make a mid-game challenge, then pulled away with two goals in the final minute.

Frommelt paved the way, assisting on goals by Andy Dziuban and Rich Kuhn and adding one of his own early in the first half.

Frommelt missed the first game of the season with an injury to his right knee, and coach Earl Eckhardt said Frommelt's improved play of late is the big reason the Cougars could be ready to make a run at the state title.

"It's possible," said Eckhardt, whose team outshot North County, 23-10. "We're at that level now where it's a distinct possibility."

Chesapeake (4-1 overall, 4-0 in the league) dominated play throughout the first half, outshooting North County, 10-6, and taking a 2-0 lead before intermission.

After Frommelt just missed putting his team in front 14 minutes into the game, lining a shot just wide right, the host team broke on top on a penalty kick midway through the half.

After the Knights were called for a handball in the box, Chesapeake's Shawn Shannon fired the penalty kick off the left hand of goalie Matt Collins and into the upper corner of the net with 19:32 left in the half.

L Chesapeake extended its lead to 2-0 shortly before halftime.

From the far corner of the field, Frommelt lofted a high pass in front of the net to Dziuban, who beat Collins to his left with 3:27 left.

But the Knights (3-2, 1-2) came out firing to start the second half, and cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by midfielder Danny Zavorka five minutes into the period.

That, however, was as close as North County would get.

Frommelt scored midway through the second half, putting in a hard shot off the hand of new goalie Todd Poynton to make it 3-1.

Later in the half, Frommelt nearly scored again, but his shot from close range hit the far post.

The defeat was the second straight for North County, which started the season 3-0 before losing to Annapolis on Tuesday.

For first-year coach Mike St. Martin, however, there was no cause for alarm.

C7 "I thought we played well the whole game," he said.

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