Eastern Tech edges Towson for title, 3-2

Tyner produces winner in Baltimore County final

Boys soccer

High schools

October 28, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Eastern Tech's Andrew Tyner maneuvers with such stealth that at times even coach Peter Glaudemanns isn't sure of his whereabouts.

But there was no mistaking Tyner as the player whose goal lifted the 13th-ranked Mavericks to last night's come-from-behind, 3-2 victory over seventh-ranked Towson for the Baltimore County boys soccer championship at CCBC Essex.

The junior midfielder one-timed a left-footed, 12-yard shot past diving keeper David Eisen (13 saves) with 7:15 to play, having beaten a lone defender to a pass from senior Luke Herold.

"Luke put a great cross to my left foot about 12 yards out," said Tyner, who has nine goals and eight assists this season. "All I had to do was finish it."

Herold (21 goals, nine assists) had made it 2-all 12 minutes into the second half by converting a pass from Matt Gardner. But Herold's effort had come only after Tyner had single-handedly turned back three goal-bound shots by the Generals (12-3).

Tyner headed away an 8-yard shot, then booted away a 10-yarder -- both times while standing at the goal mouth behind keeper Jason Alex (eight saves). Moments later, Tyner took the ball from the feet of an oncoming player in the penalty box.

"They were so close, banging on the door, I wasn't sure what was going on in the box," said Glaudemanns, whose Mavericks were county champs in 2001 and '02. "Tyner's a quiet player that you don't notice; just goes about his work."

The Mavericks (12-3) led 1-0, two minutes into the game after Bernie Cruey knocked in Lee Diegel's corner kick. But Towson striker Tyler Zentz (18, nine) scored twice in the next eight minutes for a 2-1 lead, his first goal being assisted by Mike Novotny (12, 19).

Glaudemanns credited defenders Chris Knudsen, Jon Blume and Jeff Homens for containing Novotny and Zentz, whom he called, "two of the region's best strikers, if not the state's."

Towson was out-shot, 15-8, in the second half (24-18 overall) and failed to capitalize on 10 corner kicks, seven of them in the second half.

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