No. 8 Perry Hall defeats No. 15 Sparrows Point

October 27, 1994|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Sun

Adam Nastalski scored two goals and assisted on another as No. 8 Perry Hall (12-1) defeated No. 15 Sparrows Point, 4-2, to win the Baltimore County championship at Hereford last night.

The Gators rushed out to a 3-0 lead, before Sparrows Point (11-2) closed the gap to 3-2 on two Jeff Harrison goals just before the half.

Harrison, the metro area's leading scorer, had many opportunities to score in the second half, but could not finish them.

"They did a good job of marking me," said Harrison. "We are a second-half team and have been all year, but we couldn't do it tonight."

The Gators switched off defensively against Harrison, using Chris Ude, Brian Neiberline, and Nastalski to slow him.

The Pointers were without starting goalie Shannon Butler, who broke his foot in gym class a few hours before the game.

"It cost us two key plays," said Sparrows Point coach Tom Karle Jr., who was forced to start John Sigai, his regular left fullback in goal. "That hurt us a lot."

The Gators, who outshot the Pointers 19-10, got an early goal by Ude, then two by Nastalski.

Harrison, got his first on a 30-yard bullet into the lower left corner of the net, then followed that with another on a deflection with 57 seconds left in the half to cut the lead to 3-2.

The Gators put the game away with 27:16 left. Nastalski dribbled the length of the field, and was leveled, but managed to find a wide-open Torbin Boergers left of the net. Boergers buried the pass to give the Gators a 4-2 lead.

"We had a lot of injuries tonight, so we had to move some key people out of position," said Gators coach Ed Wolf. "That led to some mental lapses on defense that hurt us."

Nastalski said, "We've been working for this all year. We had to play a good team and stop a great player tonight, and I think we did a good job on them."

Karle said moving Sigai changed the Pointers' chemistry on defense.

"I made a mistake. Since we lost those players, I tried to mark up their top two players [Brian Doherty and Ude], which we never do. It probably cost us the game," he said.

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