Slow-starting Glenelg wakes up to turn aside South Carroll, 2-0

Bowring, Burford stir `flat' Gladiators' offense

Boys soccer

High School

October 09, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Howard County schools did not take yesterday off for the Columbus Day holiday, but for 20 minutes, it appeared the Glenelg boys soccer team might.

After a lackluster start, the host Gladiators pulled themselves together to defeat visiting South Carroll, 2-0, in non-league action.

After an opening 20 minutes in which neither team could consistently string three consecutive passes together, Glenelg (6-2-1) gradually took control. Senior midfielder Daniel Bowring headed in a corner kick from senior defender Conor Nixon off the near post to give Glenelg a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. Junior Josh Burford then converted a penalty kick in the 56th minute.

"We came out pretty flat," said Burford, whose four goals lead the Gladiators this season. "It took us a while to get into the game. I don't think we came out mentally prepared for this game. Our team is pretty tired. We had a long week last week."

Glenelg improved as the game progressed and it out-shot South Carroll, 12-4 -- 8-0 in the second half. Glenelg also had eight corner kicks to one for the Cavaliers (2-7).

In the 55th minute, Burford set up his own goal by heading the ball away from Tyler Smith 10 yards outside the penalty box. As Burford broke in alone, Smith took him down. Burford buried the penalty kick in the upper left corner.

"I think we played average at best," Glenelg coach Peter Klisas said. "We like to control the ball and put passes together. We have too many flat spots in the game. We need to put our short spurts together and get a complete game. ... Instead of two and three touches together, we usually put four and five more consistently.

"We did start out flat. I just think we may have been looking a little bit ahead toward [today's game with] Centennial."

The Cavaliers' best scoring chance came in the 31st minute on junior Chad Wheeler's hard shot from 16 yards, which was blocked by defender Jimmy Osborne.

"They were looking as flat as us, and my big fear was they would turn it on and we wouldn't," said South Carroll coach Wes Haroldson, whose team has lost five one-goal decisions. "And that's exactly what happened. Once that first goal went in, I think we started packing our bags right then and there."

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