Montgomery College-Rockville survived a furious second-half rally by Catonsville Community College in earning a 2-1 victory in the final of the Region 20 junior college soccer tournament at Catonsville today.
With the victory, Montgomery-Rockville (15-2-1) won a berth in the national tournament Nov. 25-29 at Mercer (N.J.) Community College. Coach Tom Bichy said after the game, however, that the team could have trouble raising the estimated $3,000 needed for the four-day tournament.
"When we went to the nationals the last time (in 1977), there was a surplus of about $7,000 in the student activities fund," Bichy said. "Now, because of the addition of other sports to the athletic program and a reduction in the student activities fee, I understand there might not be enough money to send us to Mercer."
Bichy said he will meet with the student senate Monday at 4 p.m. to ask for money for the trip. If the funds are not available, he said, the team might try to raise some or all of the money itself.
All of the scoring today came within a wild three-minute span early in the first half. With 18:26 gone, Carlos Fernandez of Montgomery-Rockville chipped in a direct kick from the right side that forward Francisco Llosa headed in for his 13th goal of the year. However, Russell Williams tied the game 16 seconds later when, according to Bichy, three Mont-Rock players made defensive mistakes.
Fernandez scored the winning goal at 20:45 on a penalty kick after Williams was called for a hand ball on a free kick. Catonsville (12-4-2) dominated play in the second half, outshooting Montgomery-Rockville, 9-4, but goalkeeper Kenny Wilkerson made several key saves to preserve the victory.