Marked tightly, Patapsco senior Joe Pugh said he was having one of the worst games of his career yesterday at Franklin. "Frustrated. Yellow-carded. Bodies all over me. It was torture," Pugh said.
But his breakthrough moment, somehow, made it all worthwhile.
Off a corner kick by Brian Albrecht with nine seconds left in the first 10-minute overtime, Pugh headed in the game-winning goal as the eighth-ranked Patriots edged their ninth-ranked Baltimore County league division I rivals, 4-3.
"It was a perfect cross," Pugh said of the pass from Albrecht, who finished with three assists. Albrecht also scored the game's first goal, for a 1-0 halftime lead, off a pass from John Brooks.
"After all I had been through, all day, I was like, 'Goodness, this can't be happening,' " Pugh said.
Yesterday's game, tied three times, "was as tough as the last time we beat them," said Patapsco's 6-foot-3, 240-pound keeper Eric Lloyd, who had 14 saves. "It also went into overtime in the regionals. We won, 1-0."
Franklin (4-1, 2-1), the defending county champ, had won the last two regular-season meetings between the two schools only to lose to Patapsco (5-0, 3-0) in the regional playoffs. The Patriots are two-time regional titlists, and have been state runners-up to River Hill of Howard County the past two seasons.
With Franklin down 1-0, Andy Weymont scored twice in the first seven minutes of the second half.
Two minutes into the second half, Weymont slipped his 15-yard direct kick under Lloyd diving to his left. The play was set up after a Patapsco defender was called for obstructing a run by sophomore striker Matt Schuster. Weymont caught Lloyd off guard again moments later, this time burying Kosta Fleytman's pass into the other side.
"Coach [Larry Meekins] told us at halftime to come right out, put the ball away," Weymont said. "We felt like we had them."
But the game turned just as suddenly in favor of Patapsco. With nine minutes left to play, Franklin trailed 3-2, after Scott Cornell and Scott Beckman scored within a minute of each other.
Dribbling down the far side of the field, Albrecht jumped over a slide-tackler and crossed the ball to Cornell, who one-timed the tying goal under diving keeper Andy Schuster's right side.
Albrecht was at it again shortly thereafter. By dribbling to the top of the box and drawing Schuster (eight saves) out of the goal, Albrecht bunched up the Franklin defense. The ball popped free of a crowd to Beckman, who pushed a slow rolling 20-yard wet ball across the goal mouth.
Franklin All-City/County striker Chris Borcik chipped a loose ball over a sliding Lloyd, making it 3-all with five minutes left.
"We had four unlucky breaks," Borcik said.
Pub Date: 9/29/99