Sev. Park ties Old Mill

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 02, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After 100 minutes of soccer in Severna Park last night, nothing was settled as upstart Old Mill battled the host and No. 5 Falcons to a 1-1 tie.

The two teams each scored a goal in the first half of regulation, but neither could put up another the rest of the way and through the double overtime.

Severna Park's Brett Kirkland took a feed from Greg Fenton to give the Falcons (6-2-1) a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute of the contest. Wijy Jones' unassisted goal tied it up for the Patriots (6-1-2) in the 30th minute.

"We're disappointed," said Old Mill coach Jeff Martin.

"We had some opportunities as they did and we outshot them 2-1. We hit a post. They hit a post. It was our goal to come out here and compete with them. If we walked away with a win, great, but we showed tonight we can compete with the state champions. We should have won the game."

Severna Park coach Don Gregg wasn't pleased either.

"What is it, could've, would've, should've? I mean, I don't know," said Gregg, who led the Falcons to last year's Class 3A state title.

"If he [Martin] wants the game, we'll put it in his win column just so he can say he won it. We didn't play as well the first half; they played better. I thought we played better the second half.

"Their goalie [Tim Carrier] came up big and Scott [McGuire, Severna Park goalie] came up big."

Before Jones scored for the Patriots, McGuire had come up to cradle the ball and clear it, leaving an open net. Junior Justin NcDowell just missed from about 12 yards out.

On Jones' tying goal, McGuire came up again, but the ball was deflected. As McGuire was back-pedaling, Jones used his left foot to land it in the left corner of the net.

Two spectacular saves by McGuire in the first 17 minutes of the second half prevented Old Mill from taking command of the game.

Severna Park seniors Nolan Wiles, Matt Robey, Blake Best and Craig Schneider rotated marking All-County junior striker Daniel Bulls. Keeping Bulls off the board was a key factor in the Falcons' gaining the tie.

"They did a great job marking him and shutting him off, " said Martin.

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