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Chesapeake grabs 3-2 win in 2nd OT Goal in final minute of regulation sets up defeat of Severna Park


Bryan Owen's goal on a feed from Mike Uleckas 39 seconds into the second overtime period lifted visiting and ninth-ranked Chesapeake to a 3-2 victory over No. 10 Severna Park last night at Roberts Field.

Severna Park had the Cougars right where they wanted them -- ahead by a goal with under a minute left in regulation -- but a pivotal charging call against the Falcons' goalkeeper helped set up a Rich Kuhn penalty kick that knotted the game with 27 seconds left.

"Coach Eckhardt told us before overtime that it has to come from the heart and we dug down and got it," said Owen. "Severna Park is a good team and I'm sure it will be a good game the next time we see them."

The victory was Chesapeake's fourth straight over Falcons, the last coming in last year's county championship game.

The Cougars, who went 2-0-1 against the Falcons last season, was a team in need of an early season victory. Cheapeake went 13-0 last year before seeing its dream season come to an abrupt end in a 6-3, first-round loss to North County.

"This was almost a carbon copy of last year's championship game," said Cougars coach Earl Eckhardt, whose team will host Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County at 4 o'clock today. "It was a heck of a way to open the season but I hope the kids don't put too much emphasis on it because we're not close to where I want us to be."

Chesapeake, a team that has produced the last four All-County goalkeepers, had rookie Steve Warfield in the net. Warfield, who finished with 12 saves, had a lot of pressure taken off, especially in the scoreless first half, thanks to fullbacks Pollack, Erik Kittle, Randy Findley and Dustin Clift.

Severna Park sophomore forward Jon King opened the scoring in the 48th minute for the defending Class 4A East Region champs by converting a low crossing pass from junior midfielder Mike Beaver.

Kuhn, last year's scoring co-leader with 14 goals, answered for Chesapeake just under a minute later when he took a pass from senior fullback Saul Pollack, who was stationed near the midfield line, and booted a soft liner over the charging Severna Park goalie Frank White.

Brandon Korink, another member of Severna Park's talented sophomore class, regained the lead for the Falcons by scoring a header on a feed from senior fullback Jimmy Traylor with 15: 55 remaining.

"I think we did pretty good tonight, considering what we have," said Severna Park coach Don Gregg, whose team lost Scott Vane, the county's Player of the Year to graduation.

"We still have some pieces to put together."

Pub Date: 9/10/96

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