Sparrows Point takes Balto. County crown

Dotter, Crowley score in 3-0 upset of Patapsco

High Schools

Boys soccer

October 23, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

A teary-eyed Danny Barcikowski pointed to the black armband on his right biceps with the number 18, the jersey of Adam Parr, whose name was chanted back at him by the crowd.

The Sparrows Point midfielder then hugged Gail and Lenny Parr, parents of the teammate whose death in an Oct. 1 car accident inspired the unranked Pointers to last night's stunning 3-0 Baltimore County championship win over sixth-ranked rival Patapsco before 1,500 at CCBC-Dundalk.

"We dedicated this season to Adam Parr," said senior striker Kenny Dotter, whose 23rd and 24th goals of the year followed one by sophomore Kevin Crowley after a scoreless first half.

"We really felt powerful - like nobody could beat us," Dotter said.

In winning their 12th straight game, the Pointers (12-1) survived a first half in which they were outshot 20-4 (36-8 for the game.)

"We played hard and we played together," said goalkeeper Zack Ratliff (15 saves), who made five diving stops in the first half and tipped another over the crossbar. "We felt Adam Parr back there with us."

Crowley's game-winner came 15 minutes into the second half from the left foot of a right-footed player in only his fifth start. And his second goal of the season came at a point when his team had been outshot 10-1 in the second half.

"The ball came off a rebound," said Crowley, who one-timed his 30-yarder into the net's opposite side to the left of goalkeeper Dan Kikola. "The goal was wide-open on the far side, so I hit it low and it skipped on the ground. Luckily, it went in."

In the first half, defenders Jamin Thiess and Danny Faircloth headed away point-blank shots. Thiess and Faircloth also combined to kick six other shots away from an empty goal.

Chuck Ulrich, Tony Marzocchi, Matt Baughman and Justin Nicklas also played key roles in a defense that lacked starter Steve Prince, who was serving a one-game suspension after being ejected from a previous game.

Patapsco (12-2) had won six straight, winning a 4A-3A Division that had included 3A state runner-up Dulaney, seventh-ranked 2A state runner-up Towson and 10th-ranked Perry Hall, the latter being an earlier 3-1 winner against Sparrows Point.

"They said our league was no good, that a 1A school couldn't beat a 4A-3A school," Ratliff said. "Tonight, we proved them wrong."

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