Old Mill exploits crack in S. River `D'

Buchholz squeezes lob into net as Pats win, 2-0

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 10, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

It was typical Old Mill and South River boys soccer for the most part last night in Edgewater: Neither team was giving an inch.

Well, maybe an inch.

That's about how much space Old Mill junior Alex Buchholz had to work with in the 48th minute, when he lofted a tough-angled shot from near the end line that got over the head of Seahawks keeper Jay Herford and just inside the far post.

That goal proved to be the game-winner with Matt Rozanski adding an insurance goal a little later to give defending Anne Arundel County champion Old Mill a 2-0 victory over South River in a rematch of last year's county final.

Old Mill, which played without injured forward Daniel Bulls, improved to 8-2-1 overall and 7-1-1 in the league, while a younger and less experienced South River team fell to 5-6.

The decisive minutes in the middle of the second half were sparked by Buchholz, who scored at one end and then turned back two South River shots at the other end.

First, the goal: "Justin McDowell played a beautiful ball to me, and then I took a shot the goalie [Herford] made a great save on. After that, I tried a lob shot, and it just happened to go in for me," Buchholz said.

Buchholz coming up big at the other end was no surprise to Patriots coach Jeff Martin.

"This is his first year playing high school soccer, and he's been a huge surprise. He's athletically smart. It's unbelievable, all that he's done for us. He's playing a little bit of defense, he's playing up top and at midfield - doing everything for us," Martin said.

In a scoreless first half, both teams had some time and space at midfield, but neither defense would budge once play moved closer to either goal.

The Seahawks had the better of the play, and their best chance came in the eighth minute, when senior forward Zach Davis got by a defender along the left side, cut to the middle and sent a low shot from just inside the penalty area that Patriots keeper Tim Carrier had to dive to save.

Carrier had five saves.

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