Towson boys soccer gets save from unexpected source in OT tie with Sparrows Point

Towson senior Grant Kuehn is an attackman on the lacrosse team, but he’s listed as defender, midfielder and forward on the soccer team’s roster.

They can add goalie to the list of positions.

Although technically not in goal, Kuehn made a game-saving kick out with around seven minutes left in the second overtime to preserve a 1-1 tie with Sparrows Point (2-0-2).

It happened after Sparrows Point’s John Hurget fed Logan Jacurak and Jacurak hit a ball that was tipped by by diving keeper Caeden Fong and spun toward the goal.

The Sparrows Point bench celebrated just as Kuehn came out nowhere and cleared the ball before it crossed the line.

“It was about to go in,” said Kuehn, who estimated it was less than two yards. “My other center back lost his mark, so I ran in behind him and our goalie made a sliding save and I just saw it dribbling into the goal, so I just laid out and just tried to scoop it on out of the goal.”

Kuehn was moved to left back when the starting defender suffered a leg injury in the first overtime.

“Grant is our utility man,” Towson coach Randy Dase said. “Grant is a lacrosse player who plays soccer. He’s a very smart young man who has athletic ability, so when our left back (Justin Groth) went down we moved him back to midfield and he played a vital role.”

Kuehn knew after playing nearly 100 minutes in muggy conditions, he wasn’t going to watch the ball go in.

“I was just like, ‘I’m getting this ball out,’” he said. “I knew I was going to get it out. I was a little worried, but I just knew we played so long, so I’ve just got to sell out.”

They may not have gone into overtime if not for the first- half play of Sparrows Point goalie Justin Kuhn.

Kuhn came well off his line four times to break up or caused missed shots by the Generals.

Towson’s Nick Lewis had the first attempt and Rome Wainwright had the next three.

“He’s done really well this year,” said Sparrows Point coach Joe Lambert, whose defending Class 1A state championship team is 3-0-2 this season.

“The first half we could have had a few, but that is the nature of the game,” Dase said.

Instead, the Pointers scored first when Jacurak headed in a pass from Herget just over 10 minutes into the second half.

Towson tied it five minutes later when a shot by David Hutch hit off the left post and caromed off the back of goalie Kuhn to Colin Connelly, who crammed home the spinning ball.

Towson is 1-0-1 this season after posting 11 shutouts and advancing to the Class 3A North Region finals last year.

Last year, the county-champion Generals blanked the Pointers, 2-0.

“It was two solid teams just banging heads,” Dase said.

Lambert is just hoping to see his team get off to a better start.

Last year, they went 5-8-1 before going 6-0 in the playoffs.

“We are definitely excited for another season,” Lambert said. “It’s a good group of guys.”

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