Essex maintains edge over Catonsville

October 09, 1994|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Despite Essex Community College's dominance over Catonsville Community College in men's soccer over the years, Essex coach Tom Wall believed his team was the underdog in Monday's game at Catonsville.

Chalk up one for the underdog. The Knights won the first of two regular-season meetings with the Cardinals, 3-1.

Wall, in his first season as head coach at Essex after serving as an assistant for two years, started eight freshmen against Catonsville. He has started as many as 10 freshmen this season.

"This definitely will give us some confidence," Wall said. "Our freshmen have gained experience. They have seen Catonsville now and have beaten them on their field."

Luke Bell and Rohan Simons each scored goals to give Essex a 2-0 halftime lead. After the Cardinals pulled within, 2-1, early in the second half, Albert Billmyer scored a goal from approximately 25 yards to restore the Knights' two-goal advantage.

"That shot froze their goalkeeper and surprised him," Wall said. "That goal broke their backs."

With the win, Essex raised its record to 5-3. The school has a policy that does not allow its teams to compete in the playoffs unless it has a .667 winning percentage.

A rematch against Catonsville is set for Oct. 22 at Essex, with the possibility of a third meeting in the regional playoffs.

Essex holds a 36-11 edge over Catonsville over the 29 years of

the rivalry.

CCC volleyball hits stride

An injury to one player and a walkout by another has dwindled the Catonsville CC volleyball roster to just seven players.

But don't feel sorry for the Cardinals. They are playing as well now as they have at any time this season.

Under first-year coach Melissa Diehlman, Catonsville (12-5) has won seven of its past eight matches.

On Tuesday, the Cardinals scored their biggest victory of the season -- a 15-9, 15-11, 9-15, 6-15, 15-8 decision over Anne Arundel Community College.

The Cardinals gained a measure of revenge against Anne Arundel, which had won the Catonsville Invitational last weekend without having to meet Catonsville due to the luck of the draw.

Anne Arundel won the tournament by upsetting Hagerstown Junior College, a team that has defeated the Cardinals three times this season.

"Beating Anne Arundel was a great win," said Diehlman, who coached at South River High School from 1991 to 1993. "Going into the game, I was hoping my players didn't think too much about Anne Arundel beating Hagerstown. My girls really came out strong."

The Cardinals, who went to the national tournament last season, are led by three returning starters: setter JoAnn Richardson (280 assists) and hitters Sandy Palasek (163 kills, 64 digs, 100.0 serve percentage) and Jen Bartel (137 kills, 29 digs, 99.0 serve

percentage).

Essex soccer homecoming

Essex CC will play host to a soccer triple-header Saturday for its Homecoming Day.

The afternoon begins with an alumni game at 11 a.m., followed by a men's game between Essex and Anderson (S.C.) Junior College at 1 p.m. and a women's matchup of the same schools at 3 p.m.

E9 For more information, contact Wall at (410) 780-6596.

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