Ruiz's frustrations turn to joy as OT goal gives Franklin 3-2 win

Boys soccer

September 14, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

You don't often get second chances, but Franklin sophomore Carlos Ruiz did yesterday, and he made the most of it.

After his point-blank shot was blocked by Bel Air keeper Dale Thorton with 10 seconds left in regulation, Ruiz converted a pass from George Burnham five minutes into overtime to lift the Indians to a 3-2 victory.

"I was pretty mad when their goalie stopped it, but in this game, you've got to make it up," said Ruiz of a game that was a rematch of last year's Class 3A North Region final, also won by state runner-up Franklin.

Although the teams entered yesterday's contest with combined a 1-5 record, the game was played with championship emotion and intensity.

A bizarre collision between Franklin's Dan Borcik and Bel Air's Chris Fahey early in the second half left each player with gashes on their heads that required stitches. Fahey left the field immediately and Borcik later.

Franklin led 2-0 at halftime. Kosta Fleytman placed a short touch from Drew Outten between keeper Dale Thorton (seven saves) and the far post 19:42 before halftime. The play was set up after Bel Air's Steve Hatfield was called for obstructing Fleytman in the box.

"Drew faked the ball and, on second touch, he put it towards me," Fleytman said. "The best thing was to put it between the wall and the keeper's foot, and that's where it went."

Garrett Thrift's left-footed shot made it 2-0 as he followed up consecutive shots by Outten and John Vo that were blocked by Thorton. But the Bobcats (0-4) scored twice within an eight-minute span of the second half to make it 2-2.

Fahey headed in Brian Kemper's long direct kick with 35:08 left in regulation, and Hatfield emerged from a crowd to punch the ball in from two yards after a scramble in front of the goal.

The Indians (2-2) were without two starters. Matt Shuster was serving a one-game suspension after being red-carded in a loss to North Harford, and goalie James Testerman suffered a knee injury that is expected to keep him out until a week from tomorrow.

Goals: B-Fahey, Hatfield. F-Fleytman, Thrift, Ruiz. Assists: B-Kemper. F-Outten 2, Burnham. Saves: B- Horton 7. F-Maleson 9. Half: Franklin 2-0.

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