Old Mill's youth serves up goals to win Anne Arundel crown, 2-0

Bulls, Midgett deliver to defeat Severna Park

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 26, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It's pretty unusual for a freshman and a sophomore to score the only goals in the Anne Arundel County boys soccer championship game, as they did for Old Mill in a 2-0 victory over Severna Park last night at Chesapeake-AA in Lake Shore.

But, then again, the second-half goals by ninth-grader Andrew Bulls and 10th-grader Morgan Midgett typified the Patriots' unlikely season.

It was Old Mill's second county title in three years in its third straight trip to the championship game. The No. 11 Patriots (14-0-1) defeated South River, 2-1, in 2002, but lost to Glen Burnie, 2-1, in overtime last season before going onto the Class 4A state final.

"We lost 11 seniors and if you would have asked me on Aug. 15 [the first day of fall sports practice] if we would be in the same position we are right now, I would have said, `No way,' " said Old Mill coach Jeff Martin.

"And that's not to put the players down on this team, but when you lose that many guys and come back and do the things we've done this year, it says a lot for the young guys.

"We haven't had one guy all year scoring our goals. We've kind of spread it out."

On defense, seniors Tim McMullen, Ryan Payne, Chris Corbett and Zach Keough and junior Derek Harris combined with junior goalie Shawn Fernholz (18 saves) to keep the Falcons (10-3-1) off the scoreboard.

"We withstood all the pressure they could give us all night," Martin said of his team, which didn't wilt despite being outshot 12-6 in the first half and 20-14 overall.

The Falcons dominated most of the first half, consistently winning the ball, but Fernholz made 10 saves.

"At halftime, Coach told us to keep our marks tight, and Fernie played a heck of a game, was out there [hustling] and really stepped up and played like a man," said McMullen, one of the Patriots' four team captains who also played on the 2002 county champion.

"In the first half, Severna Park put a lot of pressure on us, but we knew if we could withstand the first 40 minutes, we would have no problems in the second half."

Bulls broke the ice in the 48th minute, scoring on his second shot attempt from up front.

Midgett later showed a lot of patience, starting from 35 yards out, beating two defenders and going from left to right to finish strong from the middle. His shot went past goalie Kyle Quigley (12 saves) and into the left corner.

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