Perry Hall comes up just short in title game Northwestern-PG claims a 3-2 victory

4A boys soccer

November 19, 1995|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Moments before the scheduled start of last night's Class 4A state final at Old Mill, a stray bolt of lightning sent players from both sides scurrying for cover.

Once the game started, however, it was Perry Hall that was forced to do most of the scurrying.

Despite dominating play for much of the game, and outshooting Northwestern of Prince George's County, 17-9, the Gators spent nearly the entire second half playing catch up before losing, 3-2.

After finally pulling even on a goal by John Bornman with under six minutes left, Northwestern's Henry Garcia scored the second of his two goals with 2:41 to play, giving the Wildcats (14-4) their first state title since 1973 and handing the Gators (14-3-1) a bitter defeat.

"When your team is in it all the way to the end, you can't ask for any more than that," said Perry Hall coach Ed Wolf.

"We played well. We stepped up after being down 2-1, and it was a whole team effort."

Northwestern made the most of its opportunities.

"We've done the same thing in the last five games against quality teams, and somehow we've won the games," said Northwestern coach Tom Stickles.

"There's no mystery or magic about our team. They're just too young to know what nerves are."

After missing on several prime scoring opportunities early in the game -- including a header by Joe Capone and a hard shot by Tim Drosinos that sailed inches over the goal -- Perry Hall took the lead on Capone's right-footed bullet from 17 yards out on the left side 6:07 into the game.

But two goals by Northwestern -- one by Garcia midway through the first half and the other by Edgar Guerrero early in the second -- gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead.

Capone led Perry Hall's offense, taking seven shots and nearly ++ connecting on goals at least four times.

The Gators were shooting for their first state title.

Despite the loss, Wolf said he was extremely pleased with his team's effort.

"We did just about everything that we said we wanted to do," said Wolf. "Everything but score some goals."

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