Bell's 3 goals lift Dundalk, 3-1

November 05, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Luke Bell's first three-goal effort of the season led host Dundalk to a 3-1 conquest of C. Milton Wright in a Class 3A, Region II boys soccer playoff game yesterday.

The outcome sends the Owls (9-4) into a return match with Baltimore County rival Franklin in the regional final. C. Milton Wright is 6-6.

Franklin advanced with a 4-0 win over visiting Aberdeen. Going in, Franklin was 9-1-1, Aberdeen 5-4-1.

Control of the middle of the field and superior speed, especially on the front line, proved to be the difference for Dundalk, and second-year coach Bob Hutsler called it "the finest performance of the year."

Bell's first goal, 13 minutes into the game, was helped when a Wright defender slipped in the mud in front of the goal; when keeper Tim Hilyard went out to challenge, Bell chipped the ball over his head.

Rob Greveris tied it for the Mustangs off a feed from Eric Litras at 31:21, but Bell came right back, working open in front for a shot into the lower right corner of the goal.

The junior striker finished the scoring after six minutes of the second half, finishing off a fine play set up by Jason Parks, a flyer on the wing, who collected his second assist of the game.

Parks and Bell have played together in recreation play, as well as high school, and, as Bell said, "We know each other's moves and he's always there for me."

Bell now shares the team goal-scoring lead with Rich Estes at 12, and has a team-high 27 points. Estes (12, 2) and Parks (4, 10) are tied for second.

"This was a superb effort for our team," Hutsler said. "We worked well together, had good communication."

Eddie Dyer, playing with a painful left knee and ankle that forced him to the sidelines several times, still exhibited some fine footwork in helping held keep the Dundalk defense together.

"At the start, I was asking him to play 70-30 defense to offense, and in the second half, it was 90-10," Hutsler said.

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