No. 2 Chesapeake and No. 12 Severna Park staged a double-overtime thriller to decide the Anne Arundel County championship at Arundel last night.
The two teams settled something they couldn't a year ago as Chesapeake (13-0) won the title outright, 3-2, on Ryan Frommelt's second goal of the game on a throw-in from freshman Dustin Abey 6:49 into the second 10-minute overtime period.
Chesapeake and Severna Park shared last year's title.
"It feels great to be county champion by ourselves. Last year was a big disappointment, but like last year, we've got to get the next one, too, if we play them a third time," said Frommelt.
Frommelt played despite a pulled hamstring and an injured left knee that had kept him out of the final two games and practice in the regular season.
"I couldn't turn the corner, but there was no doubt I was going to play," said Frommelt, who notched his seventh and eighth goals of the season and second game winner against the Falcons.
Frommelt described the game winner as "a beautiful throw-in with Richie [Kuhn] on it and two defenders coming at him."
Last year the Cougars and Falcons tied, 3-3, in the inaugural county championship game that matched the two teams with the best records. Chesapeake then eliminated Severna Park in the 4A East region semifinals, 2-1, in double-overtime.
Chesapeake took this year's regular-season opener, 2-1, on a Frommelt goal and the Cougars went 11-0 in the North Division while Severna Park won the South (8-3).
Senior forward Chris Dow's header on junior midfielder Eric Long's high toss on a cross with 39 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 2.
The Falcons (9-4) had taken a 2-1 lead on second-half goals four minutes apart by sophomore Pat Wren and senior Joey Laque.
Scott Vane set-up Laque for the go-ahead goal from 15 yards out 57:17 into the second half.
Chesapeake coach Earl Eckhardt called the late, tying goal "a big-time effort" and said his Cougars "pushed it up and crashed the goal."
Each team managed only one other legitimate missed shot on goal in the second half.
"Severna Park was on their game, two-touch passing all over the field and using their backs well," said Eckhardt.
The Cougars failed to take advantage of two corner kick opportunities in the first overtime.
About a minute before the game-winning goal, Severna Park standout midfielder Eric Lenfest left the game after butting heads with the Cougars' Pat Myers.
Lenfest watched from the sidelines as Abey and Frommelt combined to end it in sudden death.