Mt. Hebron survives in 2nd OT, 2-1

Glancey's headers leave Westminster on short end

Boys soccer

September 05, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Westminster coach Fran McCullin was hoping that bigger, stronger, faster and older would pay off for his Owls in last night's boys soccer opener against No. 13-ranked Mount Hebron.

But even though the Owls had all of those advantages and controlled the midfield with some deft passing, they could not quite match two-time defending state champion Mount Hebron's skill at set plays.

Mount Hebron's second-team All-Metro forward Mike Glancey teamed with sweeper Joey Mansolilo on two long free kicks, with Glancey heading both into the goal, as the Vikings emerged with a 2-1 double-overtime victory that stretched their unbeaten streak to 19 games (18-0-1).

Glancey's game-winner came with 3:44 left on a rain-soaked field. His first goal came with 5:35 remaining in the first half. They were nearly identical plays, except the first one was right to left and the second one left to right.

"They were just as good as we were," Glancey said. "They just didn't mark well in the box. They left me open at the far post."

Mount Hebron often failed to stay in position at midfield, resulting in a lot of open space and room to play for the Owls.

Veteran center midfielder Jim Elliott woke up yesterday with a hip flexor and was unable to play. The Vikings played seven freshmen and sophomores among their top 13, while Westminster fielded a team with 13 seniors.

"We didn't control the ball and played way too direct," said first-year Mount Hebron coach Michael Linsenmeyer. "It was a gutsy win and exciting because we're so young."

Westminster scored with 13 minutes to play in regulation on a header by 6-foot-2 Josh Schonberger in front of the goal. Justin Sano got the assist with his flick header.

Westminster goalkeeper Andy Wu made a strong save in the final minutes of regulation and a diving save in the first overtime, putting together an outstanding game. And Mount Hebron goalkeeper Chris Nemeh was equally strong.

McCullin knew Glancey would be tough to defend. "Teams win and lose games, but sometimes it takes an individual [like Glancey] to step up and win it.

"We allowed them to keep the ball in their end too long, and we had trouble too often getting it out of our defensive end."

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