Friendly game takes overtime

October 11, 2000

Friendly game takes overtime

Walkersville rides wave from county title for victory vs. Catoctin

By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer

THURMONT, Md. - After the first 84 minutes of Catoctin's match against Walkersville decided nothing Tuesday night, one split second left it all on Brad Palmer's right foot.

Four minutes into overtime, Palmer was the recipient of Josh Effland's bouncing pass. With one quick shot, the Lions junior gave Walkersville a 1-0 victory, coach Kevin Conley bragging rights over Cougars coach Jack Bentley and further cause to call the Lions kings of Frederick County following their county title Saturday.

"Great ball from Josh, it bounced around, I wasn't sure I'd get to it," Palmer said. "It came back to me, I put it away."


And with that, Conley had a victory over his old teammate at Brunswick High School.

"Coach Bentley had their guys pumped for this game since August 15, and so did I," Conley said.

It was only fitting that almost two months of preparation came down to an overtime where anything was possible.

Walkersville (5-5, 2-3 MVAL) controlled the game in regulation, racking up a 21-6 shot advantage, but Catoctin's defense tightened when it mattered most. The Lions saw their best chance - a Palmer blast in the first half - turned back by Chris Jurchak's diving, one-handed save.

"We had them on shots, we just couldn't break through," Conley said.

The field became slick in the second half as the night dew settled in, but Catoctin (4-5, 2-2) got its best chance in the last two minutes of regulation on a two-man break. Walkersville's defense recovered, and the Cougars never got a clean shot off, a scene symbolic of Catoctin's entire game.

"Defense has one job, and they know what that is," Conley said as all of the Lions responded, "We know what it is."

"They dominated the midfield," Bentley said. "We had our opportunities; this game could have gone either way."

In overtime, Catoctin got the first shot off. Walkersville followed with the shot that mattered, as Effland's cross settled down on Palmer's foot, and Palmer buried it into the top of the net past Jurchak.

"They packed it in, and we knew a mishit or a wet ball could win it," Conley said. "We caught a break, and won it."

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