A 10-minute downpour came at the start of the second half last night in Millersville. Then came the goals.
But it was persistent lightning over the area shortly thereafter that had the final say as Old Mill and visiting Glen Burnie settled on a 2-2 draw after play was halted with 12 minutes left in regulation.
Just prior to the stoppage, the No. 14-ranked Gophers (0-0-1) got the tying goal when senior Sal Montavago sent a rocket from 45 yards out that quickly found the top right corner.
Both teams came into the early season with the question of who would do the scoring. There was plenty of answers in the second half after a scoreless first 40 minutes.
"It was a great team effort. I thought we knocked the ball around pretty well," said Glen Burnie coach John Camm. "Finishing is our big question and we had two great goals. We knew Old Mill had the great team speed and nice skills. Once we went down a goal, I figured we'd probably pick it up."
It was the Patriots (1-0-1) who had to pick it up first after Glen Burnie opened the scoring when sophomore Jason Fridley beat a defender down the left side, attacked the penalty area and then chipped a ball over Old Mill keeper Dan Carpenter from 12 yards out.
Senior midfielder Vic Thillett got the Patriots even a minute later after carrying in a through ball from Erich Sisulach and finding the lower right corner.
"Coming as quick as it did was important for us. Instead of putting our heads down, we scored quickly and that may have deflated them a little," said Old Mill coach Jim Griffith. "I was pleased with the way we played. I thought we were really close at times in the first half, one touch away from some scoring chances. We're not clicking on all cylinders yet, but we're close."
Eric Sholl, who shared time in goal last season and is now playing in the field, clicked in the second half to give the Patriots a 2-1 lead midway through. He settled a Patriot corner kick right at the 18-yard mark and buried a shot that found the top right corner.
Montavago then matched the effort and after originally suspending play for five minutes due to the lightning, the game was officially called a draw.
The Gophers got a strong performance from midfielder Ronnie Smith.
Thillett, Pat Delaney and sweeper Nathan Bell played big roles for the Patriots.
Pub Date: 9/09/99