Late goal explosion propels Sparrows Point past Dundalk
After nearly 63 goal-free minutes, Sparrows Point and visiting Dundalk suddenly seemed to re-discover their respective scoring touches just as overtime started to seem inevitable.
The two teams combined for six goals in the last 17 minutes. Zach Lambert had three of them, sparking the Pointers to a 4-2 win over the Owls on Oct. 17.
Dundalk broke the scoreless tie with a goal off a free kick by Marco Hernandez with 17:25 remaining in the game.
When the Owls scored again to take a 2-1 lead with eight minutes remaining, it seemed Dundalk was going to grab its second consecutive win over Sparrows Point.
Until Zach Lambert spent the last seven minutes scoring ... and scoring ... and scoring again.
Lambert’s first goal came 40 seconds after No. 6 had given Dundalk that 2-1 lead. With a defender in pursuit, Zach came down the right side, got the goalkeeper to commit too early, and poked the ball past him to tie th e score.
So — still overtime coming, right? Nope; a little more than a minute after he tied the game, Lamber t found himself uncovered on the left side and slammed the ball off the bounce and into the net.
Lambert’s third goal all but sealed the Pointer victory, coming with 2:39 remaining and again off a shot taken while Lambert was wide open.
“We didn’t plan on waiting until the last 15 minutes to score; it just kind of happened,” said Sparrows Point coach Joe Lambert, Zach’s father. “We couldn’t get much going offensively for 40-50 minutes, but neither could they.
“Then they scored on a nice free kick and it kind of woke both teams up.”
The loss knocked Dundalk (5-6-1) out of the third seed in the Class 3A North Region Section II playoffs and into the sixth seed.
That means, after opening at Aberdeen in the opening round on Friday, the Owls must travel to top-seeded C. Milton Wright in the second round, should they win.
Sparrows Point (7-3-2) is seeded third in the Class 1A North Region Section I and will host Carver A&T on Friday. Then, the defending state champion Pointers will either host Pikesville or play at second-seeded Western Tech.
The only game that will likely matter is the sectional final on Nov. 2 against fourthseeded Loch Raven.
The Pointers beat the Raiders 2-1 earlier this season.
“They have a quality team,” Joe lambert said. “When we played them during the regular season, it was a pretty evenly-matched game.
“They’ve had some really good results this season.”
Dundalk has been all over the place this season, losing to Loch Raven but beating a Catonsville team that beat Sparrows Point and playing a close game against the Eastern Tech team that dominated Sparrows Point.
“I knew Dundalk would have a good team,” Joe Lambert said. “We just really didn’t want to lose on our Senior Night.”
Patapsco (4-8) ended the regular season with a 4-1 loss to Eastern Tech on Oct. 17.
The Patriots are seeded seventh in the Class 3A North Region Section II playoffs and will open the postseason at secondseeded Bel Air on Friday.
Ben Hester of Sparrows Point and Dundalk’s Precilliano Lujan battle for a ball in the air.