Groseclose's simple footwork gives Severna Park 5-4 OT win


His first goal was prettier, but the one Severna Park's Nick Groseclose scored in overtime was a thing of beauty to Falcons coach Don Gregg.

Groseclose took a Kelley Harris pass and grounded a shot under North County keeper Ryan Seggerty just 1:42 into the extra period to lead No. 7 Severna Park over the 10th-ranked Knights, 5-4, yesterday.

"It was an excellent pass right in there. All that was left to do was put it away," Groseclose said.

The senior striker had tied the game, 3-3, with a bicycle kick at 8:33 of the second half. After he had used a more conventional approach to hand the host Knights (4-1) their first loss, Gregg immediately looked at his watch.

"This is about the same time as the Calvert Hall game," he said, referring to a season-opening 1-0 loss that was decided on a Jeremy Baker goal just 1:28 into overtime.

The 3-1 Falcons haven't lost since then, defeating Broadneck, 3-0, and Arundel, 6-1. They appeared on their way to another setback in the first half, when the Knights overcame a 1-0 deficit with three straight goals.

"We came out with very little intensity in the first half. We scored first and I guess we relaxed," Gregg said.

North County scored on its first two shots, with senior forward Shawn Moyer beating Falcons keeper Chris Rippel, then passing to Emmanuel Uche less than two minutes later for the go-ahead goal.

The Knights extended their lead to 3-1 with 7:34 remaining in the half when Moyer, who was limping noticeably with a sore right foot, headed a pass from Troy Hoskins beyond Rippel.

"I think they looked at themselves in the mirror at halftime and said, 'Hey we shouldn't be down this much,' " Gregg said.

Groseclose said, "In the beginning, we weren't playing our game, we were playing their game." Rippel made a diving save of Uche's header to open the second half, and he came right back with a leaping grab of Chris Cosentino's floater over the middle.

On the other end, Severna Park's Ben Copithorn, who had scored the game's first goal off a Chris Mooney corner kick, drilled a shot that ricocheted off the leg of North County fullback Matt Lentz and into the net at 7:56.

Less than a minute later, Severna Park's Mark Casper gathered a loose ball and lifted a shot that Groseclose redirected with an acrobatic maneuver.

"It's just a quick reaction," said Groseclose, who has a pulled right hamstring.

The Knights reclaimed the lead, 4-3, on a direct kick from Cosentino that skipped into the right corner of the net at 23:49.

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