Quiet Bornman making big noise for Perry Hall

November 01, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Brad Bornman speaks softly, but he walks in big shoes. Shoes that have been scoring a multitude of goals for Perry Hall's soccer team recently.

"I don't know how to explain it other than to say that I'm in a zone," said Bornman, a center-forward who has scored 15 goals with two assists in the Gators' past five games.

Bornman ranked seventh among area scorers with 15 goals and seven assists as of Monday. He since has added a hat trick in Wednesday's 5-1 victory over Lansdowne and two goals in Friday's 5-1 victory over 14th-ranked Franklin, helping the 12th-ranked Gators to clinch the Baltimore County 4A-3A title.

"Off the field, I guess I'm kind of a quiet guy," said Bornman, who leads the Gators in goals (20) and assists (seven). "But when I get in uniform, it's different. I guess I can get pretty loud and crazy during warm-ups before a big game. The adrenalin just starts to flow."

Goals were flowing for the speedy 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior ,, from Oct. 17-23.

First, Bornman scored three goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over then-10th-ranked C. Milton Wright. The 17-year-old followed that effort with the second of his three hat tricks in a 6-0 shutout of Kenwood, before getting four goals and an assist in a 15-0 win at Woodlawn.

But Bornman, who is a threat with both feet, may have had his most rewarding game in September against then three-time defending county champion Dulaney.

In a 4-1 victory over the Lions, who hadn't lost in the county in more than three years, Bornman assisted on the first goal by George Avgerinos before scoring the game's final goal with 30 seconds left in the first half.

RTC The Gators (9-1, 9-0) play out of a 3-1-2-4 formation, designed to produce the maximum scoring potential with a lineup that averages 6 feet in height.

Coach Ed Wolf said, "We have three strikers and a trailer" who alternates from striker to midfielder and collects rebounds of blocked shots or volleys that bounce off of the goal.

"Brad's a real team player, setting the others up to score. We're pretty balanced offensively."

Bornman's role, as the center-forward, is to create action for players like junior Scott Kennell (13 goals, three assists) and Rick Botteon (five, three), who often trail him during scoring runs.

"A lot of times, the halfbacks switch the ball to the outside forwards, who cross it in to me," said Bornman. "Whatever I don't finish, Ricky or Scott will finish."

And if that doesn't happen, midfielders such as Shawn Kriesel (six goals, seven assists) or defender Chris Ude (seven, three) have gotten the opportunity in the Gators' high-powered offense.

"Usually, the scoring is pretty spread out. And if I'm marked by their defense, I usually just wait until the right moment," said Bornman. "I guess because I've been a lot more focused, I've been finishing better."

Bornman attended Calvert Hall as a freshman before he transferred to Perry Hall as a sophomore. And he's vastly improved since Wolf first saw him.

"Brad's played a lot of club ball and he's deceptively quick," Wolf said. "He's got great ball control and a rocket shot."

And with the playoffs beginning tomorrow, Bornman will rely on all of the skills he can muster.

"Early in the season, I was more of a distributor," said Bornman. "I expect to get marked more in the rest of our games, so I may have to look for other players more. But if they're not there, I'll just take it to the goal."

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