The last time Loch Raven and Perry Hall squared off on the soccer pitch it was for the Baltimore County championship last season. So when the No 16 Raiders took the field at No. 4 Perry Hall on Wednesday night they were looking to avenge that loss to coach Danny Skelton’s charges.
The Raiders came into the match up missing a few starters, inlcuding Seth Moses (broken bone in his foot), Joe Falloni (high ankle sprain), and goalie Brady Badmington (groin), but they played hard and carried the Gators into overtime before Robert Allman drilled home the game winner for a Perry Hall 1-0 victory, 2 minutes and 13 seconds into overtime.
“I really didn’t know what to expect tonight,” said Loch Raven coach Joe Fiedler, whose team won the Class 1A state championship last fall.
Although he lost a heartbreaker, Fiedler said he was happy about the way his team played despite the injuries.
“I’m happy with our intensity; it was nice to see.”
Allman got the game winner off a corner kick.
“It was low, across the top of the box, and it was a little bouncy, but I one-timed it into the back of the net, and it hit the crossbar as it was going in” said Allman.
Kevin Medrano served the ball into Allman for the game winner.
“We had the corner, and I initially saw Joe [Glos], making a short run. High balls weren’t working for us, so I hit a low ball and it went past Joe to Rob and he just finished it,” said Medrano. (Glos had the game winner last Saturday when the Gators beat McDonogh School, 1-0).
“I think we’re much better when we play the ball off the ground,” added Medrano. “They’re a good rival. We just got lucky at the end.”
Skelton said that he knew it would be a tough match.
“We knew it would be physical, and we knew that it would be a lot of pressure,” said Skelton. “It was a great win.”
Austin Kroll and Josh Collins shared duty in the goal for the Gators, who improved to 3-1 on the year.
Perry Hall 1, Loch Raven 0, OT
Saves: PH-Kroll 3; Collins 5; LR-Van Cutsem 8.
End of Regulation: 0-0.