The Sparrows Point boys soccer team tangled with a pair of Baltimore County heavyweights last week and came away the worse for it — at least as far as the Pointers’ record is concerned.
After opening the season 5-0, Sparrows Point lost at Perry Hall 2-1 on Sept. 24, and to visiting Hereford on Thursday 2-1.
And it doesn’t get any easier, with a trip to Eastern Tech on Tuesday after The Eagle went to press, and to Towson on Thursday.
The Pointers now face an uphill battle to earn a spot in the Baltimore County championship game, with the division losses to Perry Hall and Hereford.
But neither of those teams are in Class 2A. Nor is Towson. They aren’t potential playoff opponents; they’re experience.
“The competition is much harder,” Pointer coach Joe Lambert said. “It’s just a different brand of soccer from the teams we’ve been playing. Those teams had some good players sprinkled through their lineups; [Hereford and Perry Hall] have a full 11, with quality players throughout their lineups.”
Sparrows Point led Hereford 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Logan Jacurak, but the Bulls tied the game five minutes into the second half and scored the game-winner with 21 minutes remaining.
“We definitely lost our marking on the second goal, Lambert said. “We left their best player on the penalty kick line by himself. He’s the wrong guy to leave on that spot by himself.”
The Pointers generated many scoring opportunities, but not many high-percentage shots.
“That was the tale of both games,” Lambert said. “We outshot Perry Hall 10-4; they scored on half of their shots, we didn’t score on any of ours. Even the Perry Hall coach said we deserved better.”
The Pointers’ goal against Perry Hall came on a penalty kick by Zach Lambert.
“We didn’t have as any opportunities against Hereford,” Lambert said. “Their goalkeeper came up big a couple of times.”
The Eastern Tech game was big, not just in terms of the county Division I standings, but the Mavericks and the Pointers are sure to meet in the Class 2A North Region playoffs.
Entering the game, Eastern Tech is 8-0. To get home field advantage in the playoffs, the Pointers needed to beat the Mavericks and hope someone else sticks a loss on them before the end of the season.
And, the Pointers need to keep winning. For that home field advantage, and a chance to reach the county championship game.
The top two teams in the eight-team Division I will meet for the county title.
“The teams in Division I are so good, there’s a strong probability other teams will have two losses,” Lambert said. “The competition in the division is that good. It will be tough for us to reach the championship game, but it’s doable.
“I think we can hold our own. We played two big schools, battled and had our chances. We just didn’t get the result we wanted”
Patapsco defeated Lansdowne 3-1 last week, on goals from Stevie Fulton (assist Ryan Baxter), Alec Britton (Mike Katsaros) and Cameron Hood (Gabe Shifflett).
The Patriots lost to Owings Mills on Thursday 3-0.
Patapsco was to host Carver A&T on Tuesday.
Dundalk defeated Carver A&T 8-0 on Sept. 24. The Owls were to play at City College on Tuesday and at Lansdowne on Thursday.