Franklin boys soccer overcomes loss of a top player

October 24, 2007|By Stefen Lovelace | Stefen Lovelace,SUN REPORTER

The Franklin boys soccer team hasn't let an injury to one of its top players derail its season.

The Indians, who lost David Borcik (16 goals) to an injured shoulder two weeks ago, will face Perry Hall today in the Baltimore County championship game.

"We had to go a little bit more defensive," Franklin coach Ian Reid said. "The guys just responded, didn't get down upon themselves and sort of rose to the occasion. It has been a terrific year."

Franklin (10-2-1, 6-1 Baltimore County) advanced to the title game after defeating Loch Raven, 1-0, in double overtime last week.

"Games like this are pretty tense," Reid said of the Loch Raven matchup. "It was not the best game as far as attractiveness goes, but it was intense and physical."

With just two minutes left in the second overtime, defender Mike Yates, who was up on a throw-in, took a pass from midfielder Zach Reiss and scored the game-winner.

The Indians will play Perry Hall for the third time this season. Franklin lost to the Gators, 3-1, on Sept. 8, and played them to a scoreless tie on Sept. 17.

"It will be nice to get another crack at them," Reid said.

Edmondson in hunt

Edmondson got a complete effort in a 35-0 football victory over Patterson last week to go to 5-2.

The Red Storm was effective on offense and got big plays from the defense. Darius Douglass had a 42-yard fumble return for a touchdown and Devin Carpenter added a 30-yard return for another score.

"Well, the kids finally played the type of football we're used to," coach Dante Jones said. "We just finally put everything together with playing every down without taking off plays."

Norris Dail had a 40-yard run for the longest score on offense.

The win sets up a showdown with Northwestern (4-3) on Friday. The Red Storm are the reigning Class 2A champions but currently sit in fifth place in the Class 2A North standings. They are just .33 points behind fourth-place City, and Northwestern is in sixth place.

The top four teams in the region advance to the playoffs.

"Each game is the same," Jones said. "Every game is big going down towards the end. This is another must-win game."

Poly first in city

The Poly boys soccer team tends to be competitive every year, but this year the Engineers had even more incentive.

"We made a deal with our principal that if we won the city championship this year, we'd get to play on the football field," Poly coach Nick Greer said.

The team was listening. It has an 8-1-1 record and has clinched first place in the Baltimore City League.

"We're looking to get the field painted for the next couple weeks and we get to play our playoff games there," Greer said. "It's pretty exciting, and it has been one of [the team's] goals."

Poly started slow in both of its games last week but cruised to a 4-0 victory over Digital Harbor and a 4-1 victory over Banks. Paul Kwenah had two goals against the Rams, and Joe Mirabile netted two against Banks.

It has been a team effort for Poly.

"Sam Johnston has really been stepping up in the midfield as a captain and making sure to control the pace of the game through the middle," Greer said. "Nick Halkias, our sweeper, has pretty much been controlling the backfield and the defense."

The successful season has the Engineers primed for the playoffs.

"I'd like to say that we have the team that can get us over the hump through the semifinals," Greer said. "Either way, it's going to be a good game, and our guys will leave it all on the field."

And it looks like that field will be at Poly's stadium.

Kenwood opens Hall

Kenwood inducted its inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame class Friday before the Homecoming football game.

The new Hall of Famers are Evelyn Brandenberg, William Brown, Jack Harron, Carroll Hess, Tom Lynn, Bruce Malinowski, Andy McDonald, Charles Messenger, Dick Patten, George Politz, Ed Vachino, Maurine White and Bill Wilhelm. stefen.lovelace@baltsun.com

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