Towson scored a big victory against Overlea yesterday. To keep their season going, the Generals must do it again on Tuesday.
Ian Wildey recorded his second hat trick of the week, as No. 14 Towson defeated host and No. 9 Overlea, 4-1, to wrap up the Baltimore County 1A-2A League title and the second seed in the Class 2A North Region playoffs.
The playoffs start for Towson (9-1, 9-1) when it plays host to third-seeded Overlea (8-3-1, 7-3) on Tuesday at 3 p.m. An Overlea victory would have given the Falcons the home field for Tuesday's game. Fourth-seeded Loch Raven will travel to top-seeded Fallston for the region's other playoff that night.
Towson coach Randy Dase liked his team's effort to secure the home field for next Tuesday, but said the Generals now must forget it.
"The word of the day was home," Dase said. "It was great to win, but now you've got to have instant replay on Tuesday."
Dase probably would enjoy having a replay of Wildey's effort. Wildey, who scored three times earlier this week against Chesapeake, scored twice in the first half yesterday and once after the break.
Wildey (16 goals, eight assists) put on a show with each goal. He scored on a breakaway eight minutes into the game by getting the ball, swerving past goalkeeper Ace Reddy and firing into the empty net.
He scored again with about six minutes left in the half. Jay Cougnet sent a long ball down the left sideline, and Wildey swooped in from the back to steal it from an Overlea defender. Wildey then put a shot inside the far post.
Goal No. 3 came with help from Spencer Ford, who sent a long, high ball into the box. It bounced off an Overlea player to Wildey, racing across the box. He then headed it past goalie Jimmy Smedley with about 23 minutes to go in the game.
Craig Schoepflin answered for Overlea one minute later, and Cougnet added a penalty kick for Towson.
"We had a lot of chances," Wildey said. "I think we came through when we needed it."
Injuries devastated Overlea, which was missing three starters. Goalie Lance Burgess (broken foot), sweeper Gary Kern (torn groin muscle) and striker Rob Ennis (severely sprained ankle) were out. Burgess is done for the season, Kern could be finished, and Ennis appears doubtful for Tuesday's game.
Still, Overlea coach Doug Eisenhauer warns not to count the Falcons out.
"We will play with greater intensity on Tuesday," Eisenhauer said. "We'll make a ballgame out of it."