Fights mar Towson's win over Overlea Westervelt's goal in OT is difference in 2-1 game

Boys soccer

November 06, 1996|By Brant James | Brant James,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Towson High had to fight to win the Class 2A North region championship yesterday, but it didn't start playing well enough to win until it stopped trying to fight.

Concentrating on soccer instead of the on-field thuggery prevalent through the first half, the Generals (11-5) scored consecutive goals, including a sudden-death overtime tally, to break homestanding Overlea, 2-1.

Towson meets the West champ (the Rockville-Bethesda/Chevy Chase winner) in the state semis either Friday or Saturday.

Josh Westervelt scored the game-winner 4: 17 into overtime when he ran onto a long lead at the left side of the penalty box and lofted a shot over goalkeeper Jim Smedley and into the far corner.

"Some punches were thrown, and we didn't play soccer," Towson coach Randy Dase said of the first half. "Once we stopped talking, we started putting the ball in the net."

Westervelt's goal capped more than a half of Towson offensive dominance after officials quelled a near-brawl with a set of yellow cards.

Overlea (6-9), which had been physically dominated, coach Doug Eisenhauer said, in a 2-1 regular-season loss to Towson, was overly aggressive in the opening minutes yesterday. The Falcons did not miss an opportunity for an extra leg-whip or shove.

Towson responded with the same tactics as lenient officiating allowed tensions to escalate.

A fight nearly broke out with 5: 17 left in the first half when a Towson player brushed Smedley while chasing a ball, and a group of opposing players began shoving one another behind the play.

Eisenhauer entered the field for the second time to restrain a player as the second yellow card of the half was issued to Overlea. One was also dealt to the Generals, but the situation did not calm until after the two carded players left the field still taunting each other.

"We came in determined not to be physically dominated like before," Eisenhauer said, "and it seemed at times we were more worried about bumping and pushing than playing."

The Generals tied the score, 1-1, at 20: 15 of the second half when senior midfielder Nick Defelice cranked a goal from the top of the penalty box. Smedley (10 saves) had ranged off the goal line to bat away a corner kick, but in the process put the ball on Defelice's foot and himself out of position for the shot.

Towson out-shot the Falcons, 19-7, (13-4 in the second half).

Greg Horst gave Overlea a 1-0 lead at 13: 04 of the first half when he beat goaltender Bryan Lambert (12 saves) to an Andy Lavoie pass and scored.

Rising Sun 2, Joppatowne 0: Jason Rose and Tyler Buege scored goals and Ryan Watson had both assists as the Tigers won the 1A North region title. Losing goaltender Jason Stone made 12 saves.

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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