100 minutes of soccer in a steady rain Thursday night resulted in a tie as Bel Air and Fallston ended in a 1-1 deadlock in the UCBAC Chesapeake Division boys soccer opener for both teams.
"Frustrating, I think both teams gave it all they had, I mean playing in these conditions and doing everything that we were doing, they just all ran out of gas in these last 20 minutes,” Bobcats coach Dominic Rose said.
Bel Air (4-2-1) opened the game with a bit more aggression, but no real scoring chances came from it.
Midway through the first half, though, it was Fallston (2-3-1) to find the net.
Off a corner kick, the ball was played toward the far post, where the Cougars got a shot off, but Bel Air defender Will Jackson blocked the ball away with his chest.
The ball bounced back out where Fallston senior Kyle Andrus collected it, controlled it and fired a shot back in and into the goal.
The Bobcats had three decent scoring chances the rest of the half, but George Beeker's cross found no one home; Rodney Mairose sent a shot over the goal; and Josh Sellers sent a shot high over the goal as well in the final minutes.
The Bobcats, however, didn't wait long to pull even. A handball call against the Cougars just :36 into the second half produced the goal.
Ethan Lassen, a senior forward, took the penalty kick, sending a low shot into the right side of the goal.
The Bobcats best other chance came with 11 minutes to play in regulation. Logan Ruth delivered a free kick to the front of the Fallston goal. Nick Feinour was there to flick a header on goal, but Cougars goalie Brad Richenderfer (seven saves) was there for the save.
In the first overtime period, Fallston had two decent scoring chances in the opening minutes, but Bobcats keeper Ben Cook was there for the stop both times. Cook also had seven saves.
"I saw a lot of great, positive things for us. Our energy was really high against them,” Cougars coach Christopher Hoover said. “They've had a very successful season and we’re building a new culture. This is a good step for us, a good positive step for us this week."
Cobras beat Warriors
Harford Tech (2-0, 4-3) beat host Havre de Grace (0-2, 0-6), 3-1, in Susquehanna Division play Thursday night.
Micah Barton and CJ Skandalis (2) tallied the Tech goals, while Braeden Bushyeager had the lone Havre de Grace goal.
Patterson Mill (1-0, 4-2) won at North Harford (0-1, 5-3), 4-2, Thursday in Chesapeake play. Stats were not provided.
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