No. 1 Eastern Tech, Hammond fall

Mavericks lose shootout

Bears miss shots, 3-0

Class 2A boys soccer

High Schools

November 10, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Eastern Tech's first trip to the boys soccer state playoffs ended with it on the short end of a 4-3 shootout against Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the Class 2A semifinals at Liberty High.

The teams played 80 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime before deciding it on a shootout.

Eastern Tech (16-2-1), which had 14 shutouts this season, shot first. And after the Mavericks' first five shooters, they trailed 4-3, ending the game.

"We created more dangerous situations than they did, but we couldn't finish," said Mavericks coach Peter Glaudemans.

Stephen Decatur 3, Hammond 0: The Bears' first trip to the state playoffs ended in disappointment in the semifinals against the Seahawks of Worcester County, but not because they lacked for scoring chances.

Hammond (10-9) took 12 shots, had four direct kicks from about the 25 yards and twice lured the Seahawks goalkeeper out and got in behind him. They just couldn't finish, and their six-game winning streak was broken.

"We were flat in the first half," Bears coach Trevin London said. "Our bus driver was 30 minutes late and we didn't arrive until 4:40 [20 minutes before game time]. We needed more time to warm up."

Stephen Decatur (19-0) has outscored its opponents 115-7 this season with 13 shutouts.

The Seahawks scored in the third minute when Ryan Bell headed in a cross from Brandon Tolan.

"I thought that goal was offside," London said. "The referee raised his flag and then put it down."

Eight minutes later, Hammond's Gordon Murray hit a shot off the crossbar from 35 yards.

The Seahawks took command with 2:30 to play in the first half on a 25-yard goal by Jeff Auxer.

Hammond's top scorer, Kwaku Boateng, with 29 goals this season, was held in check by All-State defender Joe Pino. Boateng was hampered by a bad right hamstring.

"He was about 60 percent," London said. "Every time he went to turn, it hurt him. But I don't want to take anything away from Stephen Decatur. They played hard and beat us to the ball, and we missed our chances."

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