Drama goes down to wire in boys soccer title race

SIDELINES

4 teams still have shot at berths in county final

October 18, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | By Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Who will play for the Anne Arundel County boys soccer championship at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at South River?

The answer won't be known until tomorrow night after No. 14-ranked Chesapeake plays at Glen Burnie.

Going into tonight's action, four teams are still alive for the berths in the county final. Besides Chesapeake (8-1-2 overall, 8-1-1 league), they are South River (11-1-1, 9-1), Arundel (8-5, 8-2) and Old Mill (9-3-1, 8-2), and all three play tonight.

South River and Chesapeake can simplify things by winning their final games. If they don't, it's possible that four teams could end up with nine league wins. Old Mill visits South River in Edgewater tonight, and the Patriots are in a must-win situation.

With a South River victory or tie, the Seahawks will be in. Chesapeake can't afford a loss or tie and has to win at Glen Burnie (5-5, 4-5), the defending champion.

Arundel is host to Broadneck (5-5-1, 5-4-1). The Wildcats have to win at home in Gambrills and hope that Chesapeake and Old Mill lose.

The county's tiebreaker rules for sports that allow ties involve four criteria: (1) most wins within league; (2) head-to-head results; (3) wins overall, including tournaments; (4) coin flip.

Though all four teams could end up with nine wins each, Chesapeake would be 9-1-1, with the other three at 9-2. So Chesapeake would be in its fifth straight county final and seventh in the eight-year history of the championship game by virtue of having 28 points over the 27 of the other three.

In that case, the tiebreaker would go to the third criteria - overall wins - because Old Mill would have beaten South River; Arundel lost to South River, but beat Old Mill to rule out head-to-head.

South River, with 11 wins going into the final game, would qualify and play host to Chesapeake on Tuesday.

There are other scenarios, but it's safe to say that a coin flip is the remotest of possibilities.

Sideliners

Don Gregg is completing his 28th season at Severna Park and is the county's all-time winningest boys soccer coach at 292-105-13. ... Barring an upset, the winner of tonight's volleyball match between No. 10 Arundel (9-1, 7-1) at No. 5 Broadneck (8-2, 7-1) will meet top-ranked Severna Park (12-0, 8-0) for the county championship Oct. 30 at Glen Burnie. ... Severna Park setter Megan Boyd could join her sister, Lauren, who is a junior setter at Gettysburg (Pa.) College and play both volleyball and lacrosse, but is likely to play the latter sport at either Penn State, Virginia Tech or Richmond. ... Antioch Christian's appearance in The Sun's Top 15 for volleyball at No. 15 is a first for the school, which is 10-4 after playing No. 8 CHEN (15-0) tough last week in a 3-2 loss. ... the Coaches All-County Golf team includes Stephanie Connelly, Brian Carneal and Julia Huh of Northeast; Brian Scott of Arundel; Rusty Poisson of Broadneck, and Ben Pellicani of A division regular-season and tournament champion Severna Park.

Hall of fame tickets

Tickets are still available for the 11th Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner on Oct. 24 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Arundel baseball coach Bernie Walter, Southern-Harwood boys basketball coach Tom Albright and former Northeast/University of Maryland football standout and ex-Wroxeter/Maryland lacrosse star John Lamon are among those to be inducted. For ticket information, call 410-987-4732 or Michael's at 410-768-7901.

Have a note for Sidelines? E- mail patomalleysports@aol.com or call Pat O'Malley's 24-hour Sportsline at 410-647-2499.

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