Fallston upsets No. 6 Wilde Lake in overtime, 1-0 Wildecats unable to finish scoring chances

Cougars' keeper kicked in head

September 26, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

History keeps repeating itself for Wilde Lake.

The No. 6 Wildecats (1-1-1) could not take advantage of their scoring opportunities yesterday, dropping a 1-0 overtime game to visiting, unranked Fallston.

"It's an age-old story for us," Wilde Lake coach Dave Nesbitt said. "We created opportunities, but no one can finish. If I find one who can, he'll never graduate. I'll keep him until he's 21."

Midfielder David Briefel set up two scoring opportunities in the first half with passes from the corner to the near post, but both times no one was home.

The Wildecats outshot Fallston, 9-8, but none of the shots required outstanding work on the part of Fallston goalkeeper Dan Green. Briefel also had a hard shot from close range in the second half -- right at Green.

Fallston, however, tested Wilde Lake goalkeeper Nick Parypinski three times before Cougars midfielder Paul Kelly finally broke through in the eighth minute of overtime.

Of Parypinski's saves, one was an outstanding kick-out on a shot by Kelly; another came off a hard, point-blank shot by striker Joe Ercolano.

Kelly, who possesses excellent speed, got the game-winner after a 20-yard pass from Frank Bianco down the right side. Kelly ran past fullback Nick Wexler, turned the corner, ran past sweeper Matt Shapiro and kicked a low shot inside the far post past the diving Parypinski.

"We won because we had more heart," Kelly said. "And we wanted to win for our goalkeeper, Dan Green."

Green was injured in the 80th minute when he fell on a ball in front of the net and sliding Wilde Lake midfielder Jesse McDonough kicked him in the head. After several minutes, Green left the field with assistance and complained of dizziness. He was taken to Howard County General Hospital by ambulance after the game, but after undergoing tests was released last night.

McDonough, who was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, received his second yellow card of the game and was ejected. But Wilde Lake was allowed to continue with a full lineup of 11 players, and McDonough will be able to play in Friday's game against Centennial.

Fallston (2-0) had played only one other game, a 2-1 overtime victory over John Carroll. Bianco and Kelly scored the goals in that game.

"Their sweeper [Shapiro] was tough," Bianco said. "He knew what he had to do and didn't give us an inch to dribble."

Fallston coach Len Petrey said: "It was a typical Wilde Lake game. They had the midfield bottled up pretty well, and we scored on a midfield runner."

Pub Date: 9/26/96

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