Perry Hall ends Dulaney streak, 4-1 Lions hadn't lost a game in Balt. County in 4 years

October 06, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

For the first time in his four years as Dulaney's boys coach, Craig Laferty walked off the field the loser in a Baltimore County soccer game.

Perry Hall's Ed Wolf had just been doused by his players with a cooler full of water after the Gators' 4-1 victory.

"It's been eight years since I've beat a Dulaney team," said Wolf, whose team improved to 4-1 overall and 4-0 against Baltimore County 4A-3A foes.

"Your team played a heck of a ballgame," answered Laferty, whose defending Region II champion Lions (3-1-1) allowed only five goals all last season.

The two teams battled to a scoreless tie a year ago.

"We haven't given up four goals in a game in my history," Laferty told Wolf. "You deserved to get wet."

Since losing its season opener, 2-1, to Bel Air, Perry Hall has been hot, outscoring its opponents 11-1. And the way Wolf's unranked Gators played yesterday -- scoring all four goals in the first half -- it's going to take a lot to cool them off.

The Gators used their superior height (their lineup averages 6 feet) and speed to surprise the Lions, behind Scott Kennell, Jeff Patterson, Shawn Kriesel and Brad Bornman. Just two minutes into the game, the Gators had a 2-0 lead.

Taking a pass from midfield, Bornman's header placed the ball directly at the feet of George Averinos, who stood unmarked just inches from the goal mouth when he tipped it in.

Moments later, midfielder Jim Banach sent a throw-in from the left of Dulaney keeper Mike Hohl (four saves). Hohl emerged from the goal but misjudged the ball, which went over his outstretched hands and dropped at Kennell's feet about two yards out.

A quick tap, and Kennell had his fifth goal of the year.

"We got burned on those two goals," said Laferty, whose overall record dropped to 37-4-3 including playoff games. "But that's not the whole story."

The whole story is that the Gators were relentless, even after Dulaney's Edmund Liu's goal -- on a bicycle kick off a Dan Zakai pass -- cut the deficit to 2-1 with four minutes left in the half.

Unassisted goals by Patterson and Bornman in the last two minutes of the half pushed Perry Hall's lead to 4-1. In both instances, Patterson (three goals this year) and Bornman (two goals, two assists) won battles with defenders to Hohl's left, and -- with Hohl favoring the left post -- blasted the ball into the net's opposite side.

"Their goal had us shocked for a split second, but I think that third goal showed that we were for real," said Patterson, who led an offense that outshot the Lions 9-7 in the first half and 6-1 in first-half corner kicks.

The Lions' top scorers, Liu and Matt Rich (three goals each), couldn't get any more balls past keeper Chris Campbell (10 saves), and the defense spent most of the game backpedaling, thanks to long balls over the midfield and into the corners.

The Lions had an 8-4 advantage in second-half shots, but had two goals disallowed -- the first because a player was ruled offside, and the other because a throw-in must be touched by another player before going into the net.

"They're our rivals, so we wanted to keep the pressure on," said Patterson. "We've got it going on over here."

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