Perry Hall ties Towson, 1-1

Wolf's 60-yard clear late lands in net, knots game

Boys soccer

High schools

October 11, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Perry Hall defender Sean Wolf was simply trying for a clear when he sent a long ball toward the Towson goal late in the second half. But Wolf wound up with a whole lot more than anyone expected.

Wolf's clearing attempt floated 60 yards and sailed over the head of Towson goalie Mark Schminke and into the net with about nine minutes remaining. The goal stunned everyone and helped No. 8 Perry Hall pull out a 1-1 overtime tie with No. 7 Towson in a Baltimore County Class 4A-3A game last night.

Towson (10-1-1, 7-1-1) had taken a 1-0 lead on a Jeff Routh goal in the game's sixth minute. The visiting Generals had several scoring chances after that but concentrated more on defense in the second half.

Perry Hall (8-1-1, 7-1-1) created numerous scoring opportunities in the second hal, but could not beat Schminke. But he got caught in a tough spot when Wolf sent the long ball toward the goal from the Perry Hall side of midfield. Schminke took a step or two out, and the ball flew over his head and into the goal.

"I had no idea it was going in," Wolf said of his first goal this season. "I was very surprised."

Said Perry Hall coach Brian Moen: "I've never seen anything like that."

In fact, the shot was so perfectly placed that it probably would have gone in even if Schminke (11 saves) hadn't moved. The entire Towson bench froze in its tracks while the soft-spoken Wolf was jumping all over the place at midfield.

But Towson coach Randy Dase took pride in how hard his team played after the goal. The Generals dominated the two 10-minute overtime periods, getting seven good shots, but they weren't able to score and settled for the tie.

"We tell them that soccer is a crazy game sometimes," Dase said with a smile. "That was a crazy game, but they showed some great heart and guts."

Towson's best scoring chances came late in the second overtime. Routh out-raced Perry Hall goalie Mike Radcliffe (13 saves) to a ball on the right wing. Radcliffe appeared to gain possession, but the ball squirted free and landed at Routh's feet.

Routh then crossed a shot that rolled just wide of the empty net. The ball then bounced back to Towson's Jenner Alpern - who then sent a shot high over the open goal with about four minutes left.

But everyone kept talking about Wolf in the end - and all he could do was smile.

"I was just trying to get it out," Wolf said.

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