No. 9 Glenelg comes back to beat No. 7 Howard, 4-2

October 06, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Glenelg, led by Tony Marchegiano's three goals and one assist, pulled off a 4-2 comeback victory yesterday at Howard High.

After 60 minutes No. 7 Howard (5-1, 0-1) held a seemingly safe 2-0 lead over No. 9 Glenelg (4-1, 1-0). But in the next minute Glenelg's offensive pressure finally cracked the youthful Howard defense.

Marchegiano took a throw-in from Aaron Fallon at the Howard 40-yard line and began dribbling at moderate speed toward the goal with three Howard defenders trailing.

"I was surprised they didn't step up. They let me run so I kept going," Marchegiano said.

At the 15-yard line he went one-on-one against Howard goalkeeper Joel Sackett and scored.

"Their goalkeeper played a good game, but the defense didn't help him in the second half," Marchegiano said.

Three minutes later Glenelg's Jeff Cline tied the game on a header off a cross from Marchegiano.

And 12 minutes after the tying goal, Marchegiano headed in the game-winner off a corner kick by Reg Brown.

"That third goal was in the top corner and impossible to stop," said Howard coach Dave Kelley. "Glenelg packed it in with five or six defenders in the second half and we didn't recognize it. They picked everything off and came right back at us."

"Our defense stepped it up in the second half and gave us a lot of chances," Marchegiano said. "I got lucky and put a couple in the back of the net. We just wanted it more in the second half and Howard may have tired."

Kelley thought it was more mental fatigue than physical fatigue on the part of his defense. He also thought the team may have lost its focus by thinking forward to Friday's game against No. 1 Centennial.

"They figured it was over at 2-0," Kelley said. "A mature team would have stayed focused. Our youth came out and we just lost our composure."

Marchegiano tapped in the final goal in the 78th minute when Luis Diaz beat the goalkeeper on a fast break and unselfishly passed off.

Howard had opened the scoring when Chris Folkemer kicked in a 20-yarder against starting Glenelg goalkeeper Nick Staniewicz. The Lions made it 2-0 when Jim Milne scored.

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