Bel Air turns corner with 3-2 OT upset of No. 6 Wilde Lake; Jones' second goal game-winner for Bobcats; Boys soccer


Bel Air scored twice off corner kicks, including the game-winner in overtime, to upset No. 6-ranked Wilde Lake yesterday, 3-2.

It was the first time that the No. 13-ranked Bobcats have beaten the Wildecats since 1995, although the teams tied in 1996 and 1997.

Center midfielder Frank Murphy struck both the corner kicks and 6-foot-2 senior Evan Jones headed both of them into the net, getting the game-winner five minutes into overtime.

Bel Air (3-0) stunned its visitors from Columbia by scoring twice in the game's first 20 minutes.

Nick Altenburger made it 1-0 in the 10th minute when he settled a through ball from Nick Mummert, and with no pressure from the Wilde Lake defense kicked a 10-yard shot inside the far post.

Murphy and Jones teamed up in the 20th minute to make it 2-0.

"We played well in the first 30 minutes," Bel Air coach Bill Jefferson said. "Then Wilde Lake dominated the last 10 minutes of the half while we watched."

Bobby Ratcliffe scored from 5 feet away for Wilde Lake in the 38th minute off an assist from Ian Rodway, cutting Bel Air's lead to 2-1 at halftime.

Wilde Lake (0-1) continued to rally in the second half, with Rodway scoring off a beautiful riff of seven passes, starting from their 18-yard line.

But a furious series of later offensive efforts failed to produce another goal for Wilde Lake.

"Their goalkeeper did a nice job," Wildecats coach Dave Nesbitt said. "But we hit a post and missed four breakaways."

Bel Air goalkeeper Mike Unkelbach made 10 saves.

"Every mistake we made they scored. And we didn't capitalize on their mistakes," Nesbitt said.

Depth may have been a problem for Wilde Lake, which looked tired in the overtime.

"I think Wilde Lake only substituted twice," Jefferson said.

Said Nesbitt: "We have talent but we're not that deep. He [Jefferson] had enough depth to sub."

Bel Air forward Shane Justis was ejected from the game for a second yellow card near the end of regulation but the Bobcats did not have to play a man down.

Wilde Lake defeated Bel Air 3-1 last season and both teams return most of their starting players.

"We just work together much better this season," said Murphy in an effort at explaining his team's victory.

Pub Date: 9/08/99

Bel Air soccer player Tyler Nowicki was incorrectly identified in a caption in some editions yesterday. The Sun regrets the error.
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