McIntyre goal, 'D' earn Chesapeake its first state title Senior connection pays for Cougars once more in 1-0 win over Churchill

Class 4A boys soccer

November 21, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The No. 6-ranked Chesapeake Cougars from Anne Arundel County found a familiar senior connection to cap a season that brought them their first Class 4A state championship last night.

As had been the case so many other times this season, Dustin Abey found Mike McIntyre for a goal in the 55th minute at UMBC Stadium. Then the Cougars' resilient defense made the goal stand up for a 1-0 victory over Churchill.

"I always make a run when I see Dustin has the ball," said McIntyre, who scored 21 goals in his senior season, most coming from Abey's passes. "I know he'll always get it to my feet. I was able to get a good shot off."

Said Chesapeake coach Earl Eckhart, who surpassed the 100-win plateau (104-66-9) and closed out his 13th season in ultimate fashion: "I've seen Abey find McIntyre many times but none sweeter than tonight. This is incredible. In a coaching career, what greater thing is there than winning a state title?"

Churchill, from Potomac in Montgomery County, came into last night's game knowing a lot about winning state titles. The Bulldogs own five in all.

The Cougars (17-3) weren't awed, though, playing on even terms throughout and then capitalizing on their best chance.

When the ball took a big bounce off UMBC's artificial turf, Abey (12 goals, 14 assists) was able to get to it first, chesting it down and finding McIntyre free on the left side.

McIntyre had time to take a look up before sending a low shot that found the far corner from 10 yards.

While the pregame talk had been about the teams' high-powered attacks, by game's end the defenses stole the show. Chesapeake was one mark better.

The star marker was, without question, Cougars sophomore Jon Philipp, assigned to cover Churchill standout Nino Marcantonio. The Bulldogs senior went into the game having scored 26 goals and 12 assists. He left with the same numbers.

"I knew it was going to be hard. I just went out and played my game, and the rest of our defense played their game," said

Philipp.

Senior goalkeeper Howie Otto finished with 11 saves, none bigger than a 25-yard Marcantonio rocket off a direct kick that bounced off his chest and over the crossbar, shortly after the Cougars took the lead.

Last night marked the first time all season the Bulldogs (16-2-1) were shut out. The Cougars blanked four of their five playoff opponents.

"And the one goal against Glen Burnie [in the region quarterfinals] came off a set piece," said Eckhardt.

A scoreless first half was played on even terms with both teams getting scoring chances but unable to finish.

McIntyre and Abey created most of the Cougars' opportunities, while Churchill had a golden chance to go one-up late in the first half.

In the 39th minute, junior defender Jeremy Manela was in front with the ball at his feet off a corner kick from Marcantonio, but his shot from 8 yards sailed high over the crossbar.

In reaching their first state title game, the Cougars saved their best ball for the playoffs.

xTC After two losses to county-rival Severna Park, they edged the Falcons, 1-0, to capture the East region and then avenged a 4-2 regular-season loss with a 4-0, state-semifinal shutout of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Pub Date: 11/21/98

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