Chesapeake overwhelms Knights, has shot at county championship Goals by Adams, deGreck get Cougars to title game

Boys soccer

October 17, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Chesapeake arsenal came in waves last night against visiting North County -- countless rushes with overlaps, runs to the corner flags followed by cross after cross.

The No. 11-ranked Cougars' reward was a solid 2-0 win and an opportunity to represent the North Division in next week's county championship game.

The Cougars (10-1-1, 5-0 in the division) will take on either No. 10 Arundel or Severna Park from the South Division at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Severna Park High. Arundel needs a win tonight against Annapolis to advance.

Dominating from the start, the Cougars finally found the net on their 11th shot of the game when junior Billy Adams headed home a rebound with 13: 05 left in the first half.

Senior midfielder Tom deGreck provided an insurance goal in the second minute of the second half, when he got by a defender along the right side and fired low to the far post, scoring on busy North County goalkeeper Shawn Jones, who finished the night with 19 saves.

"We came together well and strung two decent halves together," said Chesapeake coach Earl Eckhardt. "The corners were available, and we did well to move the ball around and change the point of attack to find different openings.

"Finishing is a funny thing. We could have had a little more of that, but North County had a bunch of kids in the way."

The Cougars consistently won the battle at midfield to continue to put the pressure on, and it finally paid off on Adams' goal. They put together three passes before Carlos Morales threaded another one to Dustin Abey along the right side.

Jones turned away Abey's initial shot, but the rebound came right out to Adams, who headed the ball home from the right side.

"We were playing balls out to the corners before sending it to the middle and were able to keep it crammed in there all game long," Adams said. "I just got one that deflected off the keeper, and I was at the right place to put it in."

North County (5-6-1 overall) came into the game 4-0 in division play with a chance to play for the county crown Tuesday but couldn't keep up with Chesapeake's speed and skills.

The Knights got a stellar effort from Jones in goal, but aside from an early shot from Mark Bloomquist, they couldn't muster much of an attack. Despite Chesapeake's first-half dominance, the Knights only trailed 1-0 at the break.

But that changed in a hurry when deGreck made the nice run along the right side before getting one past Jones.

Severna Park 3, Broadneck 0: Junior Sean McGarry scored twice as the visiting Falcons improved to 6-5-1. Joe Weidman added a third goal and Andrew DiBlasio had an assist.

Pub Date: 10/17/97

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