Chesapeake claws past hungry Gophers Abey's three assists help Cougars to 3-2 victory

October 16, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF t

The experienced Chesapeake Cougars did exactly what they needed to early on last night against a hungry Glen Burnie team that came looking for respect.

The No. 7-ranked Cougars got the lead midway through the first half, added a pivotal last-minute goal before the break, and stayed on the Gophers for most of the second half to come away with a 3-2 win at home.

Senior striker Mike McIntyre started the scoring with a fine finish in the game's 18th minute, and fellow senior Dustin Abey helped out on all three goals to lead the Cougars, who improved to 10-2 overall and 8-1 in county play.

The game was physical with a lot of chatter toward the referees, who showed five yellow cards -- four fo Glen Burnie and one to Chesapeake. Gophers coach John Camm was sent off with a second-half red card.

The Gophers (6-2-1, 5-2) came out with a lot of energy to start the game, but Chesapeake, still smarting from a 3-0 loss to Severna Park on Tuesday, took charge by making the most of its chances.

"These guys were coming off a couple of good performances, and we came off the devastating loss, so it was important to get off to a good start," said Chesapeake coach Earl Eckhardt.

The good start was helped by a great finish from McIntyre.

Abey collected a ball in the middle just inside the penalty area, found McIntyre unmarked on the left, from where he buried a shot to the far post with his left foot for a 1-0 lead.

"Severna Park was our wake-up call," said Abey. "We didn't play our game and knew we had to keep it on the ground to beat these teams. We didn't want to have two bad games in a row."

The Cougars added to their lead with good fortune in the last minute of the half, when Abey's corner kick skipped off the head of Chris Watson and then a Glen Burnie defender before going in.

More of Abey happened in the second half, which proved vital after the Cougars had a couple of late defensive lapses.

In the 55th minute, Abey broke away with the ball, and when

Glen Burnie goalkeeper Josh Curry came out to challenge him, Abey passed to Billy Adams, alone on the right side, for an easy tap-in.

Eckhardt was not pleased with how his Cougars played late with the 3-0 lead, and Glen Burnie wasn't about to quit.

The Gophers cut the lead to 3-1 on Ronny Smith's 65th-minute goal. Sal Montavago, unmarked in front, scored the Gophers' second goal in the final minute.

"We're fine offensively, and our backs played well for 70 minutes but not the last 10. That can cost us some day," said Eckhardt.

Pub Date: 10/16/98

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