Glenelg Country School can't forget losing to Chapelgate Christian Academy two straight seasons in the MIAA C Division championship game, so a 4-1 payback double-overtime victory yesterday at Alpha Ridge Park in Marriottsville was doubly sweet.
"Our main goal this season was to beat Chapelgate," said senior Dragons midfielder Kolin Leishman. "This win today guaranteed us a playoff spot and knocked them out of the playoffs."
The Dragons (6-4 overall, 6-3 league) have clinched the fourth playoff spot but can do better, because over the next two weeks they play each of the three teams ahead of them.
Chapelgate (3-6-2, 2-5-1) has lost three double-overtime games and tied one.
Glenelg sophomore Jason Deinlein, who scored the only goal in an earlier 1-0 victory against Chapelgate this season, pushed a sliding, left-footed shot past the goalkeeper inside the 6-yard line for the game-winning goal six minutes into the first of two 10-minute overtime periods.
"That's Jason's third big goal for us," Glenelg coach Craig Shale said. "He's been in the right place at the right time all year."
For the longest time Chapelgate looked like it would win yesterday's contest. The Flames dominated the first half, outshooting Glenelg 8-1, and missing once only because Dragons defender Adam Hoffman headed a ball off the line.
The Flames finally broke through in the 45th minute when Andy Heyman kicked a ground-hugging rebound shot into the net. The play started with a throw-in.
The Dragons tied it 1-1 in the 60th minute on a blistering 15-yard left-footed kick off the goalkeeper into the near post by sophomore Pat Allinson, his first goal this season.
"The first half was kind of worrisome. Tony Dolgoff and I were miscommunicating and left a big gap in the midfield that they were taking advantage of," Leishman said. "I fell back in the second half and distributed better."
After Deinlein scored, Leishman (nine goals, seven assists) made it 3-1 with a goal in the 89th minute. He banged a 25-yard long kick that bounced over the diving goalkeeper.
Adam Weinrub finished the scoring on a rebound shot inside the far post from 18 yards out.
Glenelg sweeper Andrew Schroeder led Glenelg's defense and goalkeeper C J. Bowles played a sure-handed game with five saves.
"This has been the story of our season," Chapelgate coach Rob Van Ness said. "We just can't finish."
Pub Date: 10/19/99