Sparrows Point wins tough one

With teammate's death hanging over Pointers, they top Owings Mills, 3-0

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 10, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Forgive Sparrows Point midfielder Tony Marzocchi for his slow start yesterday at Owings Mills.

Already dealing with a partially destroyed home as a result of Tropical Storm Isabel, the 17-year-old senior was rocked by the death of his best friend and soccer teammate, Adam Parr, in a car collision on Oct. 1.

Marzocchi and his teammates, wearing black armbands bearing Parr's last name and his No. 18 jersey number, won their first game without him, 3-0, in Baltimore County Class 2A-1A play.

Marzocchi, who had known Parr since the third grade, developed the play that led to the final goal, pushing through a pass to Dan Barcikowski, who then crossed it to Matt Zinner for his second score of the day.

"It was hard to get going because I kept looking to see Adam. It's going to take some getting used to," Marzocchi said. "Even losing the whole first floor of our house to 3 feet of water, that became secondary to what happened with Adam."

The fifth straight victory since a season-opening loss at No. 8 Perry Hall raised Sparrows Point's league-leading record to 5-0, its overall mark to 5-1 and makes the team the front-runner for a spot in the county title game against the 4A-3A division winner.

Owings Mills is 5-2, 5-3-1.

"Our goal all season was to get to the county championship," Marzocchi said. "This was the next step in that direction."

Parr played his last game the day before he died. In it, the Pointers got all three goals from Kenny Dotter in a 3-2, double-overtime victory over two-time defending county champion and 2A-1A league rival Eastern Tech.

Yesterday, Dotter's eighth goal, off an assist from Kevin Crowley, gave the Pointers a 2-0 halftime lead. But at intermission, coach George Bischoff reminded his team of its identical halftime advantage against Eastern Tech before it broke down defensively.

"After my goal, we knew we had to maintain our composure," Dotter said. "And that's what we did in the second half. We kept them down and didn't allow a comeback."

Converted midfielder Jamin Thiess played stopper yesterday in place of Parr, who had helped the Pointers shut down Eastern Tech's top scoring threat.

Thiess was complemented by Dan Faircloth, Steven Prince, Chuck Ulrich and Matt Baughman, who combined to prevent Owings Mills from getting off a shot in the first half and held it to four shots for the game.

Pointers goalkeeper Zach Ratliff, however, did make saves on three dangerous shots.

"We bonded pretty well back there," Thiess said. "I was honored to play Adam's position for the first time."

It was also a day of firsts for Zinner, who had not scored this season before collecting the rebound of Bill Miller's shot that had been blocked by Eagles' keeper Curtis Hauser (six saves).

"It felt great to score," Zinner said. "It was for Adam Parr."

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