Spar­rows Point edges Perry Hall in clas­sic county ti­tle game

The Dundalk Eagle - - SPORT AND RECREATION - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­ Fol­low me on Twit­ter @DEa­gle_s­ports

The Spar­rows Point girls soc­cer team played one of their tight­est, best games of the sea­son while edg­ing Perry Hall in over­time for the Bal­ti­more County cham­pi­onship.

Now the Point­ers get to kick back and re­lax over what is es­sen­tially a two-week break be­fore the Class 1A state semi­fi­nals.

Dani Zacierka scored the win­ning goal in over time as the Point­ers edged Perry Hall 1-0 for their fourth county ti­tle in the last five sea­sons.

Three of those county cham­pi­onships have come at the ex­pense of the Ga­tors.

It was only the sec­ond goal of the sea­son for Zacierka.

Get­ting a cross­ing pass from Julie Lynch in the cen­ter of the field, Zacierka some­how got off a hard shot de­spite be­ing off-balance, fall­ing and get­ting hit by Perry Hall’s Ash­lee Wil­syn­ski.

While mov­ing to her right, Zacierka made a slid­ing shot back to her left with her right leg nearly on the ground.

“I’m pretty good at tak­ing tough-an­gled shots like that,” Zacierka said. “I saw the goal­keeper on the right side, so I shot for the left.”

Zacierka’s goal ended a tense, hard­fought con­test be­tween two high­lyskilled, evenly-matched teams.

Both teams had sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to score dur­ing reg­u­la­tion, only to be de­nied by tena­cious de­fense and goal­keep­ers Jad­dah Foos (Spar­rows Point) and Lau­ren Gwin (Perry Hall).

It was the sec­ond time this sea­son Spar­rows Point de­feated Perry Hall in over­time. The Point­ers pre­vailed 4-3 in Septem­ber.

The county cham­pi­onship game was on Oct. 23. The un­beaten Point­ers don’t play again un­til they host either Loch Raven or Western Tech in the Class 1A North Re­gion Sec­tion I fi­nals on Fri­day.

The five-time de­fend­ing Class 1A state champs will be fa­vored to win that game, and heav­ily fa­vored to de­feat which­ever team wins the Sec­tion II ti­tle (Carver A&T or Ch­e­sa­peake).

Spar­rows Point won’t have an­other tough game un­til the state semi­fi­nals on No­vem­ber 9 or 10 against the South Re­gion cham­pion.

This shot by Dani Zacierka scored the win­ning goal as Spar­rows Point edged Perry Hall in over­time 1-0 for the Bal­ti­more County ti­tle.

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