Calvert Hall needs 2 OTs for 3-1 win Scrappy Severna Park stifles Cardinals' attack

Boys soccer

September 23, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

While some of his teammates popped cookies in their mouths after yet another victory yesterday, Calvert Hall defender Tim Gober found the 3-1 double-overtime win over visting Severna Park a lot harder to swallow.

"It was terrible. Our ball control was the worst it's been," said Gober, whose No. 3-ranked Cardinals (7-1, four shutouts) had a 28-8 advantage in shots on goal, but were frustrated by Falcons keeper Jon Hopp (15 saves) and defenders Reid Shaklee, Bernie Edwards and Sean McGarry.

Top-scoring All-Metro striker Cam Letke (seven goals, three assists), who scored the Cardinals' only regulation goal on a first-half penalty kick, made it 2-1 in the first 10-minute overtime. Less than a minute later, teammate Steve Adams' cross was re-directed past keeper Hopp (15 saves) by the head of Severna Park's Adam Young for an own goal.

The Falcons' lone goal came when Bill Mooney one-timed a cross from Young with a left-footed bicycle kick to tie the game with 25: 02 left in regulation. Mooney later missed from three yards with 14: 34 left in regulation.

"We came back and played well, even though they dominated," said Severna Park coach Don Gregg. "We showed we're better than a 3-4 team."

Though coach Bill Karpovich said "we were flat as can be," his Cardinals' multitude of near-misses -- by Brian Powell (five goals, three assists on the season), Brett Wagner, P.J. Wakefield, Chuck Paparounis and Matt Joseph -- weren't for lack of effort.

Powell missed six opportunities, including a one-on-one with Hopp. Wagner hit the crossbar with 34 seconds left in regulation.

Little could soften Gober's stance. "Overtime was great, but we should have been doing that earlier," he said. "Severna Park showed us we're not treating every game like it's a championship."

And the Falcons also proved they were tough cookies.

Pub Date: 9/23/97

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