ANNAPOLIS— coach Peter Bisser has been telling Joe Kopp to shoot the ball more.
So Kopp did just that. The junior forward struck a 20-yard goal to beat Annapolis High (0-5) and give the Gophers (1-4) their first win of the season.
"We can run with anyone in this league," Kopp said. "We started off a little slow, but we're a good team when we get our stuff together."
Glen Burnie won, 3-2, in overtime against on Monday.
Fred McNair gave the Panthers the lead seven minutes and 16 seconds into the match. A through ball from defender David Bugenhagen sent McNair on to goal and the striker slipped his shot into the net for a 1-0 lead.
When Annapolis goalkeeper Jesus Viveros collided with one of his defenders away from the goal, the Gophers equalized with the open-net opportunity. Senior Otmane El Fouhami was the goal scorer.
"I would rather lose playing well, then win playing bad," Annapolis coach Bob Masters said. "And I was really proud of the effort we got. I feel like we're getting ready to go into our second gear as a team."
Annapolis needed little time to regain the lead, once the second half began. Senior defender Ruben Davila raced down the right flank sending a cross to the back post. The pass was met by the head of Colin Shackelford to give the Panthers a 2-1 advantage.
With just over 12 minutes to play, Glen Burnie was awarded a penalty kick after Annapolis senior Nelson Ventura was whistled for a handball in the box. Gopher freshman Orlando Valencia stepped up and struck the spot kick to the upper right corner of the goal.
Annapolis jdunior Austin Ortel nearly sent the game packing, but a close-range shot in the first overtime period went just over the crossbar.
"I felt like we mostly dominated," McNair said. "[But] we didn't pull through."
Three minutes into the next overtime period, Kopp settled a loose ball with space in front of him. The junior cranked a shot to the far post, through the fingers of Viveros to give the Gophers their first county win in over a year.
"I just looked up and I saw no one in front of me and I took the shot and it went in," Kopp said.
Glen Burnie (1-4) 1 1 0 1 - 3
Annapolis (0-5) 1 1 0 0 - 2
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Annapolis Downs Lady Gophers, 4-0
The Glen Burnie High girl's soccer team (0-5) suffered another setback on Monday, falling 4-0 to Annapolis High (1-4).
The Lady Panthers struck just before halftime and then three times again in the second half.
"They wanted to win. They were a little more aggressive than we were in the second half," Glen Burnie coach Dave Sauble said.
Annapolis sophomore Sydney Wright thought she had put the Lady Panthers on the board, ten minutes into the game, but her score was waived off for offsides.
The pressure continued by Annapolis, but Glen Burnie goalie Anita White make a number of stops to hault the Annapolis attack. White split time with Kaitlyn Naegele, who played the second half for the Gophers.
Kreghan Rebstock nearly gave the Gophers the lead, but her late first-half attempt struck the crossbar.
With seconds remaining in the first half, Annapolis broke the deadlock. A low cross by Liz Hahn skipped in front of goal for Kayla Boucek to give the Lady Panthers a 1-0 lead.
"I just saw open space and ran for it and I knew my team was going to be there for me," " Hahn said.
The hosts wasted little time to start the second half, as Maddy Lupinek played Wright on to goal for the score.
"The sophomores are very strong, there is no question about it," Annapolis coach Tom Rankin said. Three of the four Panther goals were scored by sophomores.
After feeding Wright for her goal, Lupinek converted a penalty kick to increase the Panther lead to 3-0. The Gophers had been whistled for a hand ball in the box.
"The air came out of the sails when they got the penalty shot," Sauble said.
Annapolis wasn't done yet.
Wright sent Hahn on a through ball, allowing her to cap the night with a goal.
"I told them to keep their heads up," Sauble said.
The Gophers face-off against Severna Park next Monday.
Glen Burnie (0-5) 0 0 - 0
Annapolis (1-4) 1 3 - 4
Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the name of an Annapolis student who scored a goal. The goal was scored by Colin Shackelford.