Hammond wins on sudden-death PK Shot by Barshinger lets Bears eliminate Howard

Boys soccer

November 03, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

When Hammond's Todd Barshinger lined up to take a penalty kick in a sudden-death shootout last night at Howard, he said he was shaking from a combination of cold weather, anxiety and adrenalin.

Despite the pressure, he made his shot, gave Hammond a 2-1 victory over Howard, and advanced the Bears to the Class 2A South Region finals against Wilde Lake at 5: 30 p.m. Tuesday -- again in Howard's lighted stadium.

Howard's Tim Fritz shot first and Hammond goalkeeper Andrew Essey saved it in the sudden-death portion of the shootout, after the teams had tied, 7-7, during the regulation 11-man shootout.

Barshinger, a senior fullback, and one of Hammond's best penalty-kick shooters, had the added pressure of having missed his first penalty kick, as the first man in Hammond's 11-man shootout rotation.

"On my first shot, I had gotten nervous and put it too high, so that their goalkeeper saved it. But I got a chance to redeem myself and did it," he said. "I put it in the left corner, like I wanted to. I didn't want this to be my last game."

His successful shot touched off a madcap celebration by Hammond players and fans in the center of the field.

Howard had defeated Hammond during the regular season, 3-2, so this victory was especially sweet for the Bears.

The teams fought to a 1-1 tie through 80 minutes of regulation and then through 20 more minutes of sudden-death overtime before going to a shootout.

Nearly as important as Barshinger's winning shot were Essey's three straight saves against Howard's, No. 10, No. 11 and No. 12 shooters.

Playing his first high school game under the lights, Essey, who is a freshman, said afterward: "I've been in 10 shootouts in club ball and never lost one. It felt awesome."

Also critical to Hammond's victory was defensive work by sweeper Kamil Quander, as well as Ryan Pflugrad's defense on set plays.

"Pflugrad saved us the most in the air," Essey said.

Hammond (8-7) scored first with the wind at its back in the 13th minute, when Chris Jenkins headed in a corner kick from Jason Decker.

Howard (8-6) retaliated just five minutes later.

Dan Miller and Brian Baham made a nice passing combination down the center of the field to move the ball into Hammond territory. Then Baham scored off a Charlie Hlass throw-in that bounced around in front of the goal.

Howard goalkeeper Sean Morgan made two big saves in the final nine minutes of regulation.

"I didn't think this game would go to kicks or OT," Howard coach Brian Boussy said.

Pub Date: 11/03/96

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