Jacksons propel Poly past Patterson

Boys soccer

September 22, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,sun reporter

They share the same last name and play the same position on the same high school soccer team. They're in the same grade, are nearly the same size -- 6 feet 1 and slender -- and even wear soccer cleats of the same brand and color.

Although their playing styles are similar and they could pass for fraternal twins, Poly junior midfielders Myles and Evan Jackson are not related. But yesterday, their combined efforts helped the Engineers secure a come-from-behind, 3-1 victory at Baltimore City League rival Patterson.

"People believe we're brothers all the time," said Evan Jackson, briefly touching his gray shoes against Myles Jackson's. "We both play with the same focus. It's that Jackson connection."

Patterson (5-4 overall, 2-2 league) had taken a 1-0 lead in the game's seventh minute on a header by senior Mike Paleos, who actually does have a twin, Gabe, as a teammate. But the game was tied in the 15th minute after Brandon Jones rose, uncontested, to head in Evan Jackson's perfect cross from within eight yards.

The Engineers (4-3, 4-0), trying to win their fourth straight league title, took a permanent, 2-1 lead in the 24th minute on Myles Jackson's right-footed, 12-yard shot. Jackson blasted Jones' pass low and to the left of diving keeper Lester Vontey (13 saves).

"The defense of their team broke down, and Brandon toe-poked it through. I was able to put it to the far post past their goalie even though he made a good dive and tried to save it," said Myles Jackson, who later assisted on Sam McLaughlin's header -- his ninth goal of the year -- in the 75th minute.

"My goal was a big one," Myles Jackson said. "It completely gave us momentum and carried us into the second half."

Patterson had its chances. On separate occasions, shots by Gabe Paleos and Bownso Vontey were tipped over the crossbar by Poly keeper Rob Sweet (13 saves).

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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