Dulaney evens score, wins, 2-1

November 05, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Redemption was the motivation for Dulaney's 15th-ranked boys soccer squad.

The third-seeded Lions' 2-1 penalty shootout victory over 12th-ranked Perry Hall in yesterday's Class 4A, Region II semifinal avenged an earlier 4-1 loss that eventually cost them their fourth straight Baltimore County title.

Dulaney's Joe Arditti -- the last of 22 players who took aim at the goal -- placed the winning shot to the left of keeper Chris Campbell (eight saves), lifting the visitors to a 10-9 edge. "We practiced penalty kicks all week and went 11-for-11 yesterday," said coach Craig Laferty.

The Lions (10-1-1), who defend their regional title tomorrow against top seed Northwestern, a 6-0 winner over High Point, had a three-year unbeaten streak against county foes before the Perry Hall loss.

"They just decimated us last time," said Laferty, whose four-year record is 44-4-3. "This was redemption for everybody."

Especially Paul Gonzalez, whose header off a cross from Bill Siciliano tied the score at 1 with 12 minutes left in regulation. In Dulaney's 2-0 state semifinal loss to Churchill last year, the Lions trailed 1-0 when Gonzalez blasted the ball past an empty goal from within 6 yards.

"This makes up for that," said Gonzalez, who has four goals.

Unlike their first meeting, when the Gators (9-2) had a 2-0 lead in the game's first two minutes, Laferty held Perry Hall scoreless by using five defensive backs, four midfielders and a striker. Perry Hall's top scorer, Brad Bornman (21 goals, seven assists) made it 1-0 with 17 minutes left in regulation, but spent most of the game fighting off defenders Tim Speno, Dan Sherwood and Dan Zakai. "They had one guy shadowing me and another guy marking me," said Bornman.

The Gators outshot the Lions 6-1 in overtime, but Bornman missed two shots from point-blank range, and Scott Kennel and Matt Banks missed one each.

Kennel took the first penalty kick, scoring to the right of keeper Mike Hohl (eight saves). He was matched by Gonzalez, but the next two shooters -- Bornman and Hohl -- banked their attempts off the right post.

The teams traded successful shots until Jimmy Banach, the Gators' ninth shooter, knocked his attempt straight into Hohl's arms. Zakai was matched by Campbell, the Gators' final shooter, making it 9-9 before Arditti put the game away.

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