Boys' Latin sticks close to home, 1-1

Protective of their turf, Lakers tie rusty Severn after 5-1 setback earlier

Boys soccer

October 23, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Boys' Latin's Adam Hagelin likens the Lakers' play at home to that of a pack of badgers protecting their lair. "Angry badgers," Hagelin said. "We're a lot more intense playing at home."

Hagelin's second-half goal yesterday lifted the Lakers into a 1-1 double-overtime tie with visiting Severn in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference action.

Twice the league runner-up, Boys' Latin (10-3-1) stayed in first place at 10-1-1 with the Nov. 5 playoffs approaching.

"They're physical, fast and tough to beat at home," said Severn coach Ian Carr, whose Admirals (6-2-1 overall and league) hammered Boys' Latin, 5-1, in an earlier meeting but have practiced only four times since the sniper shootings began on Oct. 2.

"Considering our fitness level," Carr said, "I'm happy with our effort."

Severn had several early chances but didn't cash in until Jon Edgar gave it a 1-0 lead midway through the first half.

Lakers keeper Chris Maisel (eight saves) was still on the ground after stretching to his right to block Jason Wasserman's shot. As the ball rolled freely in the box, Edgar came on and poked it in from 5 yards.

"In the midfield, defensively, we weren't doing a good job. We were chasing too much, which opened up a whole bunch of lanes for them," Boys' Latin coach Don Rickles said. "The halftime talk was about marking the man when he's there, but keeping our position and not chasing. When we did that, and our ability to stay disciplined on defense, turned it around."

And as Lakers defenders J.R. Stahl, Scott Matthews, Jeremy Crider, Jay Smith and Ryan Walterhoefer dug in, their offensive pressure increased, resulting in Hagelin's goal with 16 minutes to play.

Hagelin ran onto a pass from Chris Marion out to the left of keeper Brian Sparrow (nine saves), and ripped a left-footed, 16-yarder into the net's opposite corner.

"I settled it, looked up and just buried it," Hagelin said.

Each team had chances to score before overtime.

Wasserman's 15-yarder hit the crossbar before the Lakers' Eric Sivertson headed it into a crowd, and Hagelin cleared it. For Boys' Latin, Hagelin shanked to the left a one-on-one with Sparrow, and Davie Melera lifted one over the goal 10 seconds before overtime.

"We pressured them a lot in the second half and were inches away on a couple," Stahl said. "I don't like not winning. We should have beat them."

Severn senior Mike Phipps, who scored three times in the first meeting with Boys' Latin, saw things differently.

"I've only won here once since my freshman year," Phipps said. "A tie isn't great, but up here, I'll take it."

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