Chesapeake wins 3rd county title Farley, upset with tally for All-County, puts on show against Arundel, 5-0

October 22, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Moments before the Anne Arundel County boys soccer championship game at Severna Park, Chesapeake senior Chad Farley was told he had not made the Coaches All-County first team.

Farley made second team and visiting Arundel got the full brunt of the consequences.

"It kinda upset me, and all I could do was go out there and play my hardest, and come out and show everybody I should made first team," Farley said.

He scored three goals and led No. 10 Chesapeake to a stunning 5-0 victory over No. 9 Arundel. Farley's hat trick gave Chesapeake (11-1-1) its third county championship in the past four years.

Chesapeake shared the '94 title with Severna Park (double-overtime, 3-3) in the inaugural county championship game which matches the North division champion against the South winner.

The Cougars edged Severna Park, 3-2, in double overtime the next year while Broadneck edged Glen Burnie, 1-0, for last year's title. Before '94, the county title was decided by the overall schedule.

This season did not start out as a likely championship year for the Cougars, who lost their county opener, 4-2, at Arundel (12-2) on Sept. 9. But the Cougars rebounded, winning each game since with the exception of a 1-1 tie against Annapolis in late September.

Farley, who said "family problems" led to his transfer from North County last March, has played a major role in the Cougars' late-season surge.

A midfielder who led a dramatic North County upset of Chesapeake in the regional opener a couple of years ago, Farley is Chesapeake's leading scorer with 10 goals and six assists. Farley did not play in the season opener against Arundel, but he made his presence known quickly last night.

Less than three minutes into game, Farley gave Chesapeake a 1-0 lead. With 7: 23 left in the half, junior Dustin Abey took a feed from Tom deGreck to make it 2-0.

Arundel had visions of getting back into the game in the second half. But Farley again stepped up.

Just two minutes and 10 sec- onds into the final 40 minutes, he scored the Cougars' third goal and only 36 seconds later his header on a pass from Abey made it 4-0.

"Coach told us at halftime, [Arundel's] going to come out pumped up and we had to take it right to them," Farley said.

Chesapeake coach Earl Eckhardt, who has his team peaking at the right time, was impressed by the hat trick.

"Farley is extremely dangerous and when he is on. He is a load for somebody to mark," Eckhardt said. "He's lightning quick, has an outstanding shot and you never know where he is."

Eckhardt also cited his team's superb defense. Freshman midfielder Mike Jungerheld marked the Wildcats' Kyle Beckerman, who is the leading public school scorer (11 goals, three assists).

Senior goalie Howie Otto had 10 saves.

"Our kids have really grown up," Eckhardt said. "This is the best we've played."

Pub Date: 10/22/97

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