No. 6 Patapsco rebuffs No. 5 Towson's rally, 4-2

Kuemmer's goals, defense hand Generals rare loss

Boys soccer

High School

October 02, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Patapsco's Ray Kuemmer scored twice in the first seven minutes and the Patriots' defense held off a late charge by Towson to win, 4-2, yesterday in the most significant game thus far in what promises to be a torrid Baltimore County Class 4A-3A soccer race.

No. 6-ranked Patapsco handed No. 5 Towson only its second loss in the last 20 games and did it on Towson's extremely narrow home field. Towson was a state 3A finalist last season.

"This was Patapsco's biggest win in five years," said Patriots coach Chris Cabral, who compared this team to the Patapsco one he played on that won a state title in 1995.

Patapsco (6-0 overall, 4-0 league) took only nine shots, but made the most of them in what was a fast-paced game featuring direct styles of play by both teams.

"We just hoped to start good and get momentum on the road," said Kuemmer, a senior center midfielder. "Our adrenaline was really high after the first two goals."

Kuemmer's first goal was kicked from the center of the field 25 yards out in the fifth minute. It deflected off a Towson player and landed inside the far post.

His second goal came two minutes later on a 20-yard direct kick from the right side that landed inside the near post.

"When Ray is on, he's really on and I'll take this game from him the rest of the season," said Cabral. "It's a bonus to get goals from your center midfielder. He has excellent vision, the best I've seen or coached."

Patapsco held Towson's top offensive threat, Jeff Routh, scoreless through the first half, although in the 33rd minute Routh missed from near the goal line when his shot went straight up, hit the crossbar and bounced out.

"That would have been a big goal for us," said Towson coach Randy Dase. "We just haven't been finishing."

After Andy Wheeler's header made it 3-0 early in the second half, Patapsco appeared in command.

But Towson (7-1, 4-1) rallied in the game's final 10 minutes. Tyler Zentz scored in the 70th minute after settling a pass from Andy Bickel and kicking a hard shot inside the right post.

Routh then scored on a breakaway on a lofted pass from Bickel with 6:58 left to play cutting Patapsco's lead to 3-2.

Towson then was dominating play and appeared headed toward another goal, but an injury to Patapsco's Brent Snyder with 5:24 left stopped play for 22 minutes while an ambulance was summoned and Snyder was removed to a hospital.

Cabral said that Snyder was released from GBMC after suffering a concussion and a sprained neck.

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