The Sparrows Point boys soccer team didn’t get the win it wanted on Monday at Dundalk, but the Pointers got the win they needed.
Sparrows Point broke a four-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Owls, on a goal by Logan Jacurak with nine minutes remaining in the game.
“It was not our besty effort in the first half,” Pointer coach Joe Lambert said. “I don’t know if we were still in a funk from the losing streak, but our first half was awful. Our energy level was awful.
“But the losing streak is over.”
The Pointers had lost four straight games, all to Baltimore County Division I heavyweights: Perry hall (2-1), Hereford (2-1), Eastern tech (1-0) and Towson (5-2).
Sparrows Point probably wasn’t expecting to find itself in a scoreless tie with Division II Dundalk as the game approached the end of regulation.
“We had a lot more intensity in the second half, applied pressure and took quite a few shots,” Lambert said. “Finally, one went in.”
For Dundalk, it was more of a lost opportunity than a moral victory.
“We had a chance in the first half, but weren’t necessarily the better team in the second half,” Owl coach Tim Sparzak said. “They had opportunities to score goals, and we defended, did what we needed to do.
“Then for some reason, they were awarded a direct kick, we got a little lazy and they scored a goal off of it.”
Sparrows Point’s goal was such a bang-bang-bang play, just about the only thing certain was that Jacurak put the ball into the net.
The direct kick came from the left side. A Pointer sent a hard shot toward the goal, but it bounced off of an Owl defender.
The rebound went to Jacurak, who directed a hard shot that hit the net, then spun up and out of the goal.
The Owls had one chance to tie the game, but the majority of the second half was spent in the Dundalk end of the field.
For Sparrows Point, it was nearly a flashback to the game at Eastern Tech on Oct. 1, when the Pointers dominated the second half but lost on a penalty kick with about 12 minutes remaining in the game.
Sparrows Point put constant pressure on the Eastern tech defense, which played a man down for the last 25 minutes of the game after being given a red card, but could not breach the maverick goal.
“It’s definitely fruistrating, when you’re up a man, can’t score, and then give up a penalty kick,” Lambert said. “That was probably some of the most complete soccer we’ve played all year.
“I can’t be happy with a loss, but I can’t be disappointed with how well we played. “
In contrast, Lambert felt the Pointers didn’t sho their best side in Thursday’s 5-2 loss at Towson.
“We were really bad,” he said. “We did nothing to help ourselves.”
Josh Lynch and Zach Lambert scored against Towson.
Patapsco (4-5) cruised past visiting Carver A&T on Thursday, 8-0.
Alec Britton led the Patriots with three goals. Mike Katsaros scored two goals, while Harel Escalante, Gabe Shifflett and Dylan Thomas each had one goal.
Katsaros also had two assists, as did Stevie Fulton.
The Patriots host Chesapeake on Oct. 15 and play at Dundalk on Oct. 16.
The Owls host Owings Mills on Thursday and play at Parkville on Oct. 14 before hosting Patapsco.
Sparrows Point hosts Dulaney on Thursday before hosting Catonsville on Oct. 15.