1st-half explosion wins for Chesapeake Cougars cluster 4 goals, avenge loss, earn 1st final

Class 4A boys soccer

November 14, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Chesapeake's mighty attack was at its explosive best yesterday, and all it needed was 10 minutes.

The No. 7-ranked Cougars from Pasadena went on a goal-scoring spree late in the first half to post a convincing 4-0 victory over Eleanor Roosevelt in a Class 4A soccer semifinal at Arundel High in Crownsville.

The win sent the Cougars to their first state championship game, at 7: 30 p.m. next Saturday at UMBC, against the winner of last night's Perry Hall-Churchill match.

Opportunities came even earlier than did scoring yesterday for the Cougars, who were first to the ball from the outset against their opponent from Greenbelt in Prince George's County.

Their first reward came in the game's 27th minute, when sophomore Mike Jungerheld scored from in close, fed by Steve Abey.

That was only the start. Two minutes later, Jungerheld added his second goal, a bullet from 15 yards that found the top right corner.

Mike McIntyre made it 3-0 in the 33rd minute. And the Cougars closed out their near-flawless half with one of the finest goals of the season in the 37th minute.

McIntyre sent a ball to the left flag for Adrian Titus, who took a dribble and then looked up before sending a cross long to the far post. Dustin Abey did the rest with a diving header.

Has Chesapeake coach Earl Eckhardt, in his 13th season, seen his Cougars play a finer first half?

"Not at this level," he said. "We've had some picture-perfect halves, but not against this kind of competition with this much on the line."

All that was left for the Cougars to do in the second half was preserve the shutout.

The defense did its thing, giving the Raiders little room to operate with the midfield continuing its dominance, as well.

The win avenged a 4-2 regular-season loss to Roosevelt, which ended its season at 16-2-0.

"It was real intense and we played a lot more physical than the first time we saw them. We beat them when it counted most," said Dustin Abey.

Winning when it counts has been the Chesapeake trend this fall. After losing twice to Severna Park -- 3-0 in the regular season and 2-1 in the county championship game -- the Cougars made the most of their third chance against the Falcons with a 1-0 win for the Class 4A East region title.

Confidence is high, and players feel they're peaking at just the right time.

"Each game we're getting a little better," said Eckhardt. "We started building with a nice game against Annapolis [in the region opener]. It continued against Glen Burnie, and then we got the big win against Severna Park. This one was super intense. At halftime, we said, "They're not going to score."

Pub Date: 11/14/98

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