Sabres fall shy

Ea­gles top SSPP in dou­ble OT

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By WIL­LIAM HAUFE bhaufe@star­dem.com

An­napo­lis Area Chris­tian 3 Sts. Peter & Paul 2

EAS­TON — There was plenty of push­ing, pulling and grab­bing.

Both coaches raised their arms, protest­ing calls not made.

And though Saints Peter and Paul High boys’ head soc­cer coach G.R. Can­non would have liked to have had a few more calls go his way, he set­tled on the rea­son why his Sabres had suf­fered per­haps one of their tough­est losses of the sea­son late Tues­day af­ter­noon, as quickly as if he were chas­ing a 50-50 ball him­self.

“We didn’t clear our lines,” Can­non said mo­ments af­ter watch­ing An­napo­lis Area Chris­tian’s Luke Eberle go deep into the right cor­ner and steer a hard cross to­ward the front of the net that went off a Sts. Peter & Paul de­fender and into the net for own goal 1 minute, 20 sec­onds into the sec­ond over­time to give the Ea­gles a 3-2 vic­tory and their first win of the sea­son.

“We’ve been talk­ing about that all year. When you don’t clear the ball things in the box are go­ing to be hap­pen­ing,” Can­non said af­ter the Sabres slipped to 5-5-1 over­all and in the Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion’s B Con­fer­ence. “That’s why both teams put so many ser­vices in be­cause it makes panic mode. It comes down to, can you clear your lines or not? And if you don’t, you’re go­ing to be made to pay for it at this level.”

The Sabres paid for it 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half, when An­napo­lis Area’s Matthew McNair struck a cor­ner kick to­ward the near post. Ea­gles team­mate Tolu Balo­gen sprinted in, jumped, and

back-kicked the ball be­fore it went over the end line. The ball rolled to An­napo­lis Area’s An­thony Cop­pola, who — on his birth­day — found space be­tween Sts. Peter & Paul keeper Cory Mor­gan and back Cole Sovero and tapped in the go-ahead goal for a 2-1 Ea­gles lead.

“You make it danger­ous,” An­napo­lis Area head coach Vaughn Rid­ings said.

Danny Reyes al­most sup­plied the equal­izer less than four min­utes later when his shot banged off the cross­bar. Just 1:27 later, Sts. Peter & Paul’s Henry Shindler col­lected a pass from Shawn Rei­noehl and tucked a shot past Ea­gles keeper Grif­fin Do­herty (four saves) for a 2-2 tie.

“Al­ways proud when the kids re­spond,” Can­non said. “But that’s one thing about this team that I’ve never had to worry about. They have, and a credit to them, they’ve worked ex­tremely hard from day one to now, and they’ll con­tinue to do so. But the way we played ...”

The Ea­gles, who re­turned three starters from in­jury yes­ter­day — Eberle, Jaden Rollins and Tyler Beck — threat­ened to re­gain the lead with 15:24 re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion when Balo­gen got free but sent a drive over the goal.

Seven min­utes later, Balo­gen came in on right wing and blasted a shot that Mor­gan (seven saves) made a kick save on with his right leg. A fallen Mor­gan couldn’t con­trol the re­bound though. Balo­gen moved to­ward the ball as Mor­gan scram­bled to his feet. Balo­gen’s foot touched the ball as Mor­gan ex­tended his left leg and slide in front of the shot, al­most sit­ting on the ball as Balo­gen tum­bled over the top of him to keep the 2-2 tie in­tact.

Mor­gan was in­jured on the play, fin­ished reg­u­la­tion, then was re­placed by Joey Gre­aney in over­time.

“The last sev­eral games, we had so many fresh­men and sopho­mores start­ing,” Rid­ings said, his team now 1-11. “Early in the sea­son, where we’re tak­ing leads, and just can’t hold it be­cause of a cou­ple of years of ex­pe­ri­ence that they’re up against. And they’re good play­ers. They’re a great foun­da­tion for our fu­ture. But this is where they’re learn­ing. And they’re get­ting a steep learn­ing curve right away.”

Both teams worked the ball close to the op­po­si­tion’s goal in the first 10-minute over­time, but couldn’t pro­duce a game-win­ner be­fore Eberle di­rected the gamewin­ning ball on goal early in the sec­ond OT.

“Luke is a top player,” Can­non said. “They’re well coached and he’s a top player and that’s what big-time play­ers do; they change games.”

Sts. Peter & Paul took a 1-0 lead with un­der 18 min­utes re­main­ing in the first half, when Shindler got free on a break­away and popped one past Do­herty. The Ea­gles in­creased the pres­sure on the Sabres, with Justin Al­ford di­rect­ing a header off the left post be­fore chip­ping a floater over Mor­gan for a 1-1 tie with 9 min­utes left in the first half.

An­napo­lis Area al­most took a 2-1 lead just be­fore half when Mor­gan got drawn off his line and the ball was shot to­ward the far left cor­ner. But Sts. Peter & Paul’s Ai­dan Ryan cleared the ball off the goal line to pre­serve the 1-1 tie.

“I can’t fault the ef­fort,” Can­non said. “But we weren’t good enough. I’ve talked all year about con­sis­tency. We weren’t good to­day. We’ve got to re­spond. But that’s been kind of how it’s been. We play one re­ally solid game, have a game where we’re maybe up against it a lit­tle bit, and some­times you’re go­ing to pay the price against good play­ers.

“Some­times you win some of those you shouldn’t,” Can­non added. “Some­times you play poorly and you win those and you shouldn’t. And some­times you play well and you lose. We didn’t play well to­day.”

Kent Is­land 7, Kent County 0

STEVENSVILLE — Alex Weese (as­sist) and McLain Mo­gel scored two goals each, and the North Bay­side-lead­ing Buc­ca­neers im­proved to 8-1, 6-0.

Car­son Colombo (as­sist), Ju­dah Brobst and Nate Driver added sin­gle goals, and Jonathan Al­varez (two) and Mike Bub­nov (one) added as­sists.

The Tro­jans fell to 2-8-, 1-6.

GIRLS’ SOC­CER K. Is­land 2, North Caro­line 0

RIDGELY — Ash­lee Rotert set up sec­ond-half goals by Jor­dan Grard and McKen­zie Mo­gel as the Buc­ca­neers im­proved to 6-2 over­all, 4-0 North Bay­side.

Mo­gel’s goal was her 50th of her ca­reer, set­ting a new school scor­ing record.

Madi Banks made 19 saves for Kent Is­land, which won its sixth straight, the last five by shutout.

Q. Anne’s 4, Eas­ton 3

EAS­TON — Kiwi Wed­dell had a pair of goals and Jess Wright and Ri­ley Napier (as­sist) had one each to lift the Lions (8-2, 5-1) in over­time.

Cat Chris­tian ac­counted for all three goals for the War­riors (6-3, 3-2). Olivia Ball and Lily Os­borne each had one as­sist and keeper Jess Mil­lard had 10 saves.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

Saints Peter and Paul goalie Cory Mor­gan, bot­tom, makes a save as An­napo­lis Area’s Tolu Ba­lo­gun tum­bles over him late in the sec­ond half Tues­day as Sabre de­fend­ers Cole Sovero (5) and Ai­dan Ryan (2) watch.

PHO­TOS BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

An­napo­lis Area Chris­tian’s Gra­ham Hen­drick, left, and Saints Peter and Paul’s Cal­lan Godlee (11) col­lide af­ter a header dur­ing Tues­day’s first half.

Saints Peter and Paul’s Cal­lan Godlee (11) strikes a header as team­mate Henry Shindler (18) watches dur­ing Tues­day’s first half.

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