Amsterdam, the Maryland Alliance, an under-19 squad of high school players from throughout the county, continues to impress observers.
With shutout victories over Team France (2-0) and Boston's Team USA (3-0) yesterday, the Alliance (2-0, with four points) maintained its first-place standing in its five-team group.
The Alliance is followed by Team Norway (1-0-1, three points), Team France (1-1, two), Team Denmark (0-1, one) and Team USA, Boston (0-2, zero).
The first-place teams in each group compete in the semifinals of the Holland Cup sometime next week.
"We are surprising alot of European teams," said Maryland coach Wayne Sanchez.
"But I'm afraid that (today)
they'll be looking for us, and I don't think we'll be able to surprise them again."
Against France, the Alliance's Brian Lawson (Mount St. Joseph) scored his team's first goal early in the first half.
Craig Dorsey (Arundel) used his head to score the insurance goal with 10 minutes remaining in the game, capitalizing on a corner kick.
The Boston team quickly fell behind, 2-0, thanks to Ryan Voegltin (Severna Park), who recovered a rebound of a third consecutive volley and an errant clear by
an opposing fullback, who knocked the ball into his own goal.
Mickey Wist (ArchbishopSpalding) tallied the squad's final goal with 40 seconds left in thegame.
The Alliance, scheduled to play the Norwegian Under-19 national team and Team Denmark today, has yet to allow a goal.
Keeper J. D. Gattie (St. Mary's) recorded his first shutout in Monday's 11-0victory over Maastrich's K. V. C. Oranje, a preliminary game to the tournament.
"You can't even begin to think what this is doing for U.S. soccer over there," said Gali Sanchez, Wayne's older brother. "So far, if you look at all the competition they've faced, Maryland hasscored 16 goals.
"They're pretty much kicking some rear-end over there."