Fallston dominated early and late, but in between had to come from behind twice to stay with host Perry Hall, and the two teams played to a 2-2 tie last night.
No. 15 Perry Hall scored once in each half on goals by senior Pat Drosinos and sophomore Frank Sheppard. No. 12 Fallston's Jason Ruzek knotted it the first time and Jason Wright got the second one with 18 minutes left.
The visitors did everything but score in the first 10 minutes, dominating the game and getting three corner kicks in the process.
Later, Perry Hall defenders would kick several shots out of the goal mouth to thwart possible goals, and Fallston's junior sweeper, T.J. Frendak, returned the favor, protecting the open side of the net with a kick just five seconds from the end of the first overtime.
The second 10-minute OT was a carbon copy of the game's opening 10, as the Cougars spent almost the whole period at the Perry Hall end of the field.
"Once we settled down, I thought things evened out until they started pounding us at the end," said Brian Moen, Perry Hall's first-year coach. The former assistant with the girls team has taken over for Ed Wolf.
"Our strength is our defense," and backs Greg Ferenschak, Mike Gorsuch, and Chad Hildebrandt, three of the team's four captains, and among the eight senior starters, showed it. Goalkeeper Matt Barnett was credited with five saves, but he came out on several occasions to turn aside scoring threats.
Fallston's defense was anchored by sweeper Frendak in front of keeper Jay Walker. Midfielders Kevin Ruzek and Jason Wright provided strong efforts. It was Wright who worked his way for some 20 yards through and around at least a half-dozen defenders before unleashing a low kick that zipped just inside the left post to create the final tie.
The Gators had a workhorse, too, in senior midfielder Scott Dufel, a tall midfielder whose skills included a strong throw-in as a potent offensive weapon. He set up one of his side's goal when he controlled an air ball and put it on the far post where Sheppard's header found the open side of the goal.
Fallston coach Len Petry said it was nice to come back, but "we have some tough games coming up. We'll see what we've learned."
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Pub Date: 9/04/99