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Frederick, TJ deadlock in boys soccer

October 24, 2000|By DAN SPEARS

Frederick, TJ deadlock in boys soccer



FREDERICK, Md. - After a game where nothing was truly decided, the Frederick boys soccer team certainly had its mind made up.

"We thought we had them in the county tournament and we thought we could get them tonight. We just didn't do it," Frederick forward Matt Slagle said. "But it was a great game on both sides."

Yes, Monday night's 1-1 draw with city rival Thomas Johnson was one of the area's best games of the season. It's just that the Cadets believed they lost.

"Sometimes you come out of a draw and it's a good thing," Frederick coach John Bodnar said. "Tonight ... it feels kind of empty."

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Everyone on the field felt empty after 100 draining minutes of soccer. No. 6 Frederick (8-3-3, 3-2-2 CMC) had the highlight shots, but only one found the back of the net, when midfielder Matt McCallum fed Slagle on the left side in the 12th minute. He slid a 15-yard shot into the goal, but injured his ankle in the celebration.

TJ (6-4-3, 5-1-1) countered 15 minutes into the second half. Bryan Cain's shot from 18 yards hit the right post and caromed to the opposite side of the net, where Matt Connolly beat a Frederick defender to the rebound and pounded it home.

"We fully expected this to be a one goal game," TJ coach Brett Haight said. "It just happened to be one goal for each side."

After that, the best shots in regulation came between TJ forward Joe Higbee and Frederick defender Austin White, whose fight in the 75th minute ended in Higbee, who picked up a yellow card, arm-throwing White to the turf and injuring his shoulder.

White didn't return, and Higbee sat out until the beginning of the second overtime.

The best chance in overtime came with three minutes left in the first session. After a Frederick scramble in front, the ball was rotated around to McCallum, who found an opening between five or six players. His shot looked headed for the net until teammate Freddie Genau tried to finish the play and tipped it over the net.

Frederick's first chance to beat TJ since 1995 went with it.

"This was a prime match, a revenge thing too," McCallum said. "We didn't get the result we wanted, but we've got the momentum and that can help heading into the playoffs."

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