Brown's three goals lift Glenelg, 5-0

ROUNDUP

October 14, 1992|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

Three times, Renard Brown positioned himself in front of the net. And on each occasion, the senior forward's timely placement resulted in goals, as No. 8 Glenelg routed visiting Wilde Lake, the area's No. 15 team, 5-0, yesterday in a Howard County boys soccer game.

Glenelg (6-0, 1-0) dominated play, outshooting Wilde Lake (1-2-1, 0-2), 19-3. Wilde Lake made all its attempts in the first half, and none was a problem for the Gladiators' goalie, Russell Payne.

Brown is one of the area's top scorers with 11 goals and three assists. He had one goal in the first half and two in the second.

"I got behind the sweeper, and when [the balls] came, I just put them away," said Brown of his positioning. "It seems that the ball's falling in the right spots."

Gladiators senior forwards Scott Cline and Dan Gaertner scored one goal apiece. With his two assists, Cline is first in team scoring (nine goals, six assists) and, like Brown, is among the local leaders. Gaertner has five goals and five assists.

Senior midfielder Marc Rey assisted twice, both on corner passes.

On the season, Glenelg has thwarted opponents by outscoring them, 35-2.

"The nice thing about our team is we have three strikers in Brown, Cline and Gaertner," said Glenelg coach John Bouman. "We have players that can beat people, that can take people on. What I like about our offense is once an attacker takes on a man, a defender has to come toward the ball, and that leaves another attacker unmarked."

The Wildecats, coming off Monday's 3-0 loss to No. 5 Oakland Mills, marked the Gladiators tight early on. But Glenelg began applying pressure at about the 10-minute mark, and Gaertner's point-blank shot -- which goalie Dave Rutstein blocked with both legs -- set the tone.

Brown scored first with 25:51 left in the half, capitalizing on Cline's arching placement with a header. Eight minutes later, Rey's throw-in from the right corner was perfect, and Cline headed it in, accounting for Glenelg's 2-0 halftime edge.

"[Cline] flicked it up real high," Brown said. "I saw the goalie wasn't going to commit, so I headed it in."

All three Glenelg goals came within an 8 1/2 -minute second-half span.With 29:42 to play, Brown gained control of a loose ball in front of the net and provided a 3-0 lead. Cline was credited with the assist. Shortly after, Tom Hobbs fed Gaertner, who beat fullback Jeff Curtis on the right sideline and hooked it in. Brown capped the barrage with a strong header off Rey's corner throw-in.

The Gladiators are approaching the meat of their schedule, with No. 4 Atholton (Oct. 16) and Oakland Mills (Oct. 20).

"Atholton will be our toughest game of the season, and we have to be mentally ready," Brown said. "We match up well skill-wise, so whoever is more mentally prepared will win."

Girls soccer

* Wilde Lake 3, Glenelg 1: Riis Mandel's two goals paced host Wilde Lake over Glenelg.

* Mount Hebron 2, Howard 1: Freshman forward Shannon Otto scored both goals for host Mount Hebron, including the game-winner in overtime.

Field hockey

* Glenelg 7, Howard 0: Senior Lisa Roscoe's three goals and two assists led No. 5 Glenelg over Howard.

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