Arundel boys soccer team gets in step at right time

SIDELINES

Race is on for berths in county championship

October 11, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Arundel's 5-4 overtime upset at No. 12 Severna Park on Tuesday has thrown the county boys soccer race for the two berths in the county championship game on Oct. 23 into quite a heat.

And the hottest team in the heat right now is Arundel (6-5), winner of four of its last five games after a 2-4 start.

No. 6 Chesapeake (7-0-1 overall) continues to lead the league at 7-0, and most coaches have conceded one of the two berths to the Cougars. The top two finishers qualify for the county final at South River High, and four teams are still in the running for the other spot with three league games left.

Chesapeake played at Old Mill (7-2-1, 6-1 league) last night after officials did not show up for either the varsity or JV games on Tuesday and the teams rescheduled.

South River (9-1-1) is 7-1, followed by Old Mill, and 6-2 teams Severna Park (7-3-1) and Arundel, which is coming on at the right time.

But what took so long?

"Within the last week, I solidified our lineup because it took this long for me to get a handle on this group," said Arundel's 24th year coach Nick Jauschnegg.

"We started with only four players who had varsity experience and we lost four of our first six games while I was testing things out. This is a young team, but we have more overall team speed than we've had in the past."

That speed showed Tuesday at Severna Park, especially from the likes of junior James Agorsor and sophomore Justin Thompson, who scored all the Wildcats goals. The Wildcats rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to outscore the Falcons 3-2 in the final 40 minutes of regulation and force overtime.

Agorsor's third goal of the marathon came in the 95th minute to end it. It has taken Agorsor, who was a scoring standout at DeMatha his first two years of high school before transferring to the Gambrills school this fall, a while to get going.

"James had to get used to the way we play and he and Justin give us two guys who can really cook," said Jauschnegg.

"We have the capability to score onanybody and that gives us a chance to win everytime we go out there."

Because of his Wildcats' offensive potency, Jauschnegg feels this team not only has a chance at being in the county champion- ship, but it also should be right there in the 4A East region playoffs.

"We definitely have a chance [to do something big] this year and beyond that for sure, " said the Arundel coach.

Arundel, whose league losses are to South River by 1-0 and Chesapeake by 2-0,plays host to Old Mill tonight and closes with Meade (0-8-1, 0-7-1) and Broadneck (4-3-1, 4-3-1).

The county race figures to come down to Arundel chasing South River for the other berth opposite Chesapeake. South River visits Glen Burnie (5-4, 4-4) and plays host to Severna Park and Old Mill in its final three games.

Head-to-head may serve as the tiebreaker.

Sideliners

Severn School boys lacrosse coach Jamie McNealey announced that two of his defensemen, Billy Staines and Sean Etter, have verbally commited to North Carolina and Penn State, respectively. Staines (SE-DB) and Etter (RB) also play football for the Admirals. Staines will join his brother Ronnie, an All-Metro Metro defenseman at Severn (2000) who is a Tar Heels sophomore. ... Severna Park grad (1990) Kevin Schiavone, who was a power-hitting DH at the University of Maryland, is expected to be named head baseball coach at Annapolis, where he was an assistant the last two seasons under Larry Brogden. Brogden quietly retired after 28 seasons, including a state title in 1988. Schiavone was also an assistant at Severna Park and at Glen Burnie under Bruce Sider when the Gophers won the state title in 1999. ... Karen Weaver of the University of Minnesota will speak on recruiting and NCAA rules related to student athletes at 7 p.m. on Wednestday at Broadneck High School in Cape St. Claire. Admission is free, but it's first-come, first- served. For more information, call Ken Kazmarek at 410-757-1300.

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