ROCKVILLE – The boys’ soccer teams of Eleanor Roosevelt and Perry Hall high schools were deadlocked at 0-0 after 56 minutes of play in the 4A state semi-finals. The teams had been trading near goals for nearly an hour when a Roosevelt foul led to a free kick from just across midfield for Perry Hall. […]
ROCKVILLE – The boys’ soccer teams of Eleanor Roosevelt and Perry Hall high schools were deadlocked at 0-0 after 56 minutes of play in the 4A state semi-finals.
The teams had been trading near goals for nearly an hour when a Roosevelt foul led to a free kick from just across midfield for Perry Hall. As the kick entered the box, it bounced around to a few players before Perry Hall midfielder Derrick Stains came up with the ball and scored.
The score, which came 16 minutes into the second half, would ultimately be the game winner, as the Gators won 1-0 to advance to the state championship.
Despite several good offensive possessions, Roosevelt simply could not put the ball in the back of the net. Perry Hall was able to hold off a late push by the Raiders in the final two minutes, which featured several corner and free kicks aimed at the Perry Hall goal.
Roosevelt coach George Kallas said the Perry Hall goal came on a bang-bang play that featured some contact between the players. However, he wasn’t happy with the foul call that preceded the goal.
“I don’t think that was a foul, personally, that led to the goal” Kallas said.
The game was mostly a clean one, but did feature three yellow cards. The final one was called on Perry Hall for celebrating before the final whistle.
Kallas had nothing but praise for his team after the loss.
“I am extremely proud of how the season they’ve had. They have gone exceptionally deep in the playoffs. Tremendous job,” Kallas said.
Roosevelt was facing some injuries to midfielders Lovet Cheg Ngeh and Roshawn Panton, which Kallas thought limited their performances. The team also was playing several underclassmen in different positions, which may point to a bright future, but was not enough to get it done Saturday.
One notable difference in coaching styles was the amount of substitutions made. Perry Hall made more than 15 substitutions with players coming on and off the field. On the other hand, Roosevelt made no more than five. It’s hard to say if this contributed to the final result, but it is worth noting and watching as Perry Hall advances in the state tournament.
Perry Hall will play Meade High School after they defeated Montgomery Blair high school 1-0 on penalty kicks. The state championship games will be played at Loyala University Nov. 19-21. Game times will be set this week.
Roosevelt 0 0 – 0
Perry Hall 0 1 – 1
Goals: PH – Derrick Stains.