Scott Zakroski scored a game-high four goals, as top-seeded Patterson trounced Mount Carmel, 8-1, yesterday at Essex Community College to capture its first Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference soccer title.
The Clippers used a generous breeze to their advantage during the first half, scoring six goals in the first 22 minutes.
Mike Gizzi (two goals) began the scoring parade with a right-footed blast past goalkeeper John Davidson at 1 minute, 38 seconds in the first half. Less than four minutes later, Roger Main converted a lead pass from Pat Giusto. Moments later, Mount Carmel's Chong Pak (11 goals) volleyed a pass from midfielder Chris Quick to bring the Cougars (14-3-1) within 2-1.
"I think we really began to gel during our last four games," said Patterson head coach Derek Maki. "That's what it takes to become a champion, the ability to rise to the occasion.
Zakroski, the area's leading goal scorer with 28, began his scoring binge at 12:33, off a pass from striker Tom Scharf. He got two more goals in the half, including a 40-yarder at the 14:55 mark. Scharf had the last goal of the half.
"Those early goals really did take the wind out of our sails," said Mount Carmel head coach Rusty Nesbit. "It was just a case of us running out of gas after a tough [semifinal] game against Park."
Patterson (MSA A co-champion in 1981) padded its lead in the second half with a penalty kick by Gizzi and Zakroski's fourth goal with less than 30 minutes remaining.
"We have a lot of talent on this team, but I sure didn't expect to score 15 goals [seven against Poly in Friday's semifinal] in two playoff games. I guess we were just determined to show people that we are the best team in the B Conference," said Maki.