Eastern Tech entered yesterday's game as the hunted; visiting Patapsco was the young hunter.
And after 90 minutes, including two 10-minute overtimes, the Patriots proved a point and the Mavericks survived to fight future battles in defense of their Baltimore County crown.
The ninth-ranked Mavericks and the No. 14 Patriots battled to a 2-2 tie before about 600 fans at Eastern Tech.
"I had been telling the kids they could play with some of the top teams in the state, and today, they proved it to themselves," said Patapsco's first-year coach Chris Cabral, a member of the Patriots' 1995 Class 2A state championship team.
Patapsco junior forward Andy Wheeler scored the game's prettiest goal with seven minutes left in regulation. After getting the ball with his back to the goal, he dribbled around two defenders and beat Matt Wickman to the far, right corner to tie the game at 2.
Eastern Tech (2-1-1, 0-1-1 in league) had taken a 2-1 lead in the 53rd minute. Isaiah Ramsey flicked a pass out of the box and to the left of Kikola, who got a hand on a right-footed shot by Andrew Kordola that landed in the net's opposite corner.
"Their last goal was tough to deal with," Ramsey said. "We should have won, but they're a real good team."
Eastern Tech controlled the first extra session and Patapsco, the second. Each goalie made five saves in overtime; Patapsco's Dan Kikola had a 20-13 edge in overall stops compared to Wickman. Eastern Tech had a 28-24 edge in shots.
Patapsco (2-0-1, 1-0-1) capitalized on a failed clear by Eastern Tech for a 1-0 lead in the game's 19th minute. The Patriots' Mike Mavias touched the ball wide from the center of the box to Ray Kuemmer, who tapped a low, 10-yard shot past the left side of a diving Wickman.
But the Mavericks stormed back with on-goal shots by Jimmi Miller, Bryan Moffa and David Cruey, all of which were either blocked or grabbed by Kikola. Another, by Kordola, bounced off the crossbar before being cleared.
The Mavericks tied the game four seconds before halftime. Chris Knudsen's 50-yard direct kick got behind Kikola, and Luke Herald nudged the ball in from 3 yards.
A foul by the scorer negated a Patapsco goal with 15 minutes to play, and another, by Brent Snyder, rolled inches wide of the far post five minutes later.