Debole's long goal in overtime gives Perry Hall division lead

Gators need win tomorrow to make county title game

Girls soccer

High schools

October 21, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Christa Debole bent a 25-yard shot into the upper left corner 45 seconds into overtime to give Perry Hall's 14th-ranked girls soccer team a 2-1, come-from-behind victory over previously unbeaten Dulaney yesterday afternoon.

With the victory in a drizzle, the Gators took sole possession of first place in the tight Baltimore County Class 4A-3A Division race.

Perry Hall improved to 9-2-1 overall and 8-0-1 in the division. The No. 11 Lions (9-1) dropped into a second-place tie with Towson (10-3) at 8-1 in the division.

If the Gators can get past Franklin tomorrow, they will clinch a berth in Wednesday's county title game, earning a rematch against defending champ and No. 5 Eastern Tech, which has rolled through the 2A-1A Division.

Perry Hall had won two straight county crowns before the Mavericks knocked them off last fall.

"The good thing is, we control our fate," said Perry Hall coach Brad Kressman. "If we win the game, we go to the county championship. We can't tie. We've got to win, and [Dulaney's] got a big game with Towson, so it's not over."

If the Gators should fall to Franklin, the winner of Saturday morning's game between Towson and Dulaney would advance to the title game.

Yesterday, the Lions got off to a quick start as Sarah McKinley headed in a corner kick from Jamie Grandizio in the 12th minute.

Only a diving save from Perry Hall goalie Jessica Stumpf held the Lions to a 1-0 lead going into halftime.

In the second half, Kressman adjusted his attack to generate more offense.

That strategy worked as Sarah Holcomb tied the score with about 23 minutes left, and Debole scored the game-winner in overtime.

"We pushed Christa up front with Jessie Knight for the first time, and in the second half, we started to press a little more with more chances from outside," said Kressman. "It was an evenly played game. They played better in the first half and we did in the second half."

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