Dulaney boys soccer coach Jerry Tana relishes playing in overtime games this season.
His Lions have won three of them — including victories over Perry Hall, Catonsville and Sparrows Point — on their way to earning a berth in the Baltimore County championship for the first time since 2002.
But Dulaney didn't get a chance to finish Tuesday’s 1-1 tie with heated rival Towson at Goucher College since officials halted play with 6:11 remaining in the 10-minute overtime because of lightning.
“We refuse to lose in overtime and we’ve had some really exciting wins in overtime,” Tana said. “I think it was just a matter of time. We were knocking on the door.”
Indeed, Dulaney (13-1-1) had three shots in overtime. Cameron Carter had two and Tommy Keavney had the other.
Towson goalie Christian Sorteberg saved two of them that came from outside the 18-yard goal box and one was wide of the net.
The Lions outplayed Towson (8-3-1) in the second half and clearly had the momentum in the overtime.
“We were sort of hanging at the end,” Towson coach Randy Dase said. “I think Dulaney is the best team I’ve seen in Baltimore County all year. They really have an outstanding team.”
Dulaney put plenty of pressure on Towson’s defense of James Miller, Jack Baker, Adam Coplai and Wesley Eisenberg early in the second half. Overall, the Lions outshot Towson, 6-1.
Dulaney broke through and tied the game in the 59th minute.
Carter’s free kick from about 40 yards went by a wall of defenders and past a screened Sorteberg into the right corner of the goal.
It was Carter’s 12th goal of the season. The senior forward also has eight assists.
“I thought we were the better skilled team today and we knocked the ball around a little bit better,” said Tana, whose team faces Catonsville in the county championship game Wednesday at Franklin High at 7:30 p.m.
Towson scored about two minutes into play.
Generals’ senior midfielder Henri Colombat lofted a perfect cross to senior Zakir Bulmer near the top of the goal box and volleyed a right-footed shot to the left corner of the goal past Dominic Dachille.
Towson had the better of play in the first half before Dulaney started to create some offense in the middle of the period.
“I am very proud of my team,” Dase said. “I thought we came out and played with great passion and emotion. We talked about playing with a lot of heart and guts and I think we demonstrated that tonight.”