Towson, Dundalk settle for 0-0 tie

Williams makes 21 saves to blank No. 11 Generals

Franklin stops 16 shots

Boys soccer

High schools

October 03, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

After 100 minutes of soccer ended with a 0-0 tie between No. 11 Towson and host Dundalk, the Generals' Tom Franklin and the Owls' Nick Williams shook hands at midfield and told each other, "Nice game."

Williams, considered the best high school goalie in Baltimore County, gained respect for a player he didn't know. Franklin, who knew of Williams' reputation, complimented the Dundalk senior.

"I think he [Franklin] played really well," said Williams, who finished with 21 saves after cradling two of Towson's four point-blank shots in the second overtime and tipping a third over the crossbar. "I played hard and so did he. He definitely stopped some key shots that would have won the game for us if he didn't."

FOR THE RECORD - In some of yesterday's editions, the name of the goalie for Dundalk's boys soccer team was incorrectly reported. His name is Nick Smith. The Sun regrets the error.

Franklin, who was every bit Williams' equal yesterday, turning back 16 shots, was also impressed by his counterpart.

"I knew he was a good goalie coming into the game," said Franklin. "But I try not to worry about what the other keeper's doing. I tried to do what I could to help my team."

The Generals are 6-1-2 overall and the Owls are 4-2-2. Each team recorded its fourth shutout to improve to 3-0-2 in Division II of Baltimore County.

Towson fired 27 shots at the goal and Dundalk had 22. Franklin played behind defenders Tyler Kohler, Tyler Wyman, Nick May and Jon Likakis. Williams was behind Brendon Ford, Matt Shell and George Labuda.

Dundalk's top scorers - Dave Gliniecki, Sean Kelly and Shell - led their team to an 11-7 advantage in shots in the first half. But Franklin stopped seven of those, diving to make four of his one-on-one stops.

"You always want to make the big saves when the game is on the line," Franklin said. "The big thing is you want to try to keep your team in it, because our offense has a lot of potential."

That was apparent in the second half when the Generals outshot the Owls 7-2, requiring Williams to come up with six huge saves.

In succession, Williams cradled a header by Jeff Routh and a doorstep touch shot by Simon Hall. Williams got help from Labuda, who cleared the ball when players blocked his view. But Williams came back to tip another volley by Routh over the crossbar.

"We beat them last year because he [Williams] left the game with a bloody nose and we were lucky enough to get two goals in on them," Franklin said. "But today, he played a great game."

Franklin did, also, especially with 30 seconds left in regulation when the senior, while backpedaling, dove left and tipped away Kelly's hard, 12-yard shot with his outstretched left hand.

"Yes, I'm satisfied. I think I played well today," Franklin said.

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